5 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Smile in the Summer

Summer is a time for outdoor adventures, lazy days by the beach, and mouthwatering barbecues. While we soak up the sun and enjoy the seasonal delights, it’s important not to overlook summer’s impact on our oral health. From indulging in icy treats to staying hydrated in hot weather, there are several ways in which this vibrant season can affect our teeth and gums. We will explore how the summer can impact your oral health and how to maintain a healthy smile all summer.

  1. Be wary of indulging in cold sugary treats.

Ice cream and popsicles seem to go hand-in-hand with hot days. However, too much sugar can be detrimental to your oral health. It blends in with the bacteria in your mouth and can increase your risk for cavities. So, swap sugary treats for chilled sliced fruits or homemade popsicles made with yogurt. 

  1. Don’t crunch ice.

Do you love a lot of ice in your drink? Once your beverage is finished, resist the urge to crunch the ice. You risk cracking or chipping a tooth if you make it a regular habit. If you want the crunchy sensation, go for crunchy fruits or vegetables like carrots and apples. Let the ice melt in your mouth if it’s the cool sensation you want.

  1. Stay hydrated.

You can easily get dehydrated in the summer. So, make sure you drink plenty of fluids. However, it’s important to indulge in the right type of beverage. Skip sweet or acidic drinks like iced tea or soda. Instead, make sure to drink plenty of water. 

  1. Play safely by the pool.

Playing by the poolside is a fun summer activity for adults and kids alike. However, be cautious about rough play. Slipping and falling near the edge of the pool can knock out a tooth. Or being in the water and playing roughly can lead to an elbow hitting someone’s mouth. So play careful!

  1. Wear a mouthguard while playing sports.

If you or your child play summer sports, make sure you wear a mouthguard. We can create a custom athletic guard for you. It will fit you better than anything from the store. 

Call Bridgetown Dental today at 503-809-4742 for an appointment in Portland, OR. You can also online.