If you’re like most people, you and your family are staying pretty busy, making the most of the summer season before the kids head back to school.
Somewhere in all the fun, it’s easy to let your oral hygiene routine fall by the wayside from time to time.
No worries, though! Our team at Douglas A. Callow, DDS is here to help you see it through without hurting your dental health!
Oral Hygiene Tips For Summer
Here are some helpful tips from your Plymouth dentist to keep your family’s smiles clean and healthy this summer:
*Drink Lots of Water*
You should drink plenty of water every day of the year, but at no time is it more important than during the raging heat of the summer months.
This will help you avoid dehydration and dry mouth, allowing you to produce enough saliva to protect your teeth and gums and wash away debris harmful bacteria loves to eat.
*Continue Brushing Twice A Day*
You probably already do this, but the American Dental Association considers brushing your teeth twice each day to be best practice for good oral hygiene. What you may not do, though, is follow the 2-minute rule, which means you’re brushing for at least two minutes each time.
*Never Skip Flossing*
Many adults admit to skipping this step, but flossing at least once a day is a crucial part of your oral hygiene regimen.
Flossing between teeth and under the gumline will dislodge food particles that even the best toothbrush will miss.
*Rinse Your Mouth After Meals & Snacks*
It’s harder to keep your teeth clean when you’re out and about so much during the summer. So a good rule of thumb is to rinse your mouth out with water after meals and snacks.
This will help wash away food particles and debris between your normal brushing and flossing.
*Keep Your Sugar Intake Low*
When you spend time away from home during the summer months, perhaps on a family vacation or long afternoons at the local pool, you tend to eat unhealthy convenience foods that are highly-processed and loaded with sugar.
To keep your oral health on track, be careful to watch your family’s sugar intake, plan ahead, and pack teeth-friendly snacks like fresh, cut-up fruits and veggies, almonds, cheese, and bottled water.
*Schedule A Dental Checkup*
About every six months, you need a dental checkup to supplement your daily oral hygiene routine. That’s because your toothbrush isn’t enough to scrape hardened plaque from your teeth, nor is flossing. Although both are critical steps you should be taking for your oral health each day, you need a trained professional who has the tools and skills to deeply clean your teeth and gums.
Our hygienists, as well as our early detection technology, are here to provide that care so we can spot the signs of trouble you won’t be able to see just by looking in the mirror at home.
So if you haven’t already, visit us this summer for a thorough cleaning and comprehensive exam!
Call Today For An Appointment!
Make sure your oral hygiene efforts are paying off this summer!
Schedule your next dental cleaning and exam so we can rid your teeth of plaque, check for early signs of tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease, and help you keep your oral health right on track!