You May Be on Summer Vacation, But Your Oral Health is Not!
Summer is a time for vacations, relaxing with friends and family, and carefree fun. While we encourage all the enjoyment that summer has to offer, we would also like to remind you to make sure that you stick to healthy oral care habits!
Here are some tips to make sure that your oral health stays on track for the summer:
- Think about having a check-up before heading on vacation or before heading back to school in the fall. We can catch any problems, and you will enjoy summer with a smile that is clean and bright.
- Normal schedules and routines are often disrupted in the summer. Make sure you make time to brush two times a day and floss one time a day. This is especially true for kids, so parents may wish to check in with their children’s oral health habits. We recommend helping children brush (or bushing for them, after they attempt it themselves) up until the age of 7-8.
- Make sure to pack a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. If you are flying and taking carry-on luggage, make sure your toothpaste tube is 3 ounces or less to meet Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements.
- Sweet treats like ice cream and cold glasses of lemonade are a part of summer, but so are fresh fruits and vegetables. When consuming sugar make sure it is in short increments of time. It is better for your teeth to consumer the entire sweet treat in 5-10 minutes, and then go without for several hours so your mouth can return to a healthy pH. Drink plenty of water in between meals and treats. Make healthy choice for snacks and meals!
- Know what to do in case of a dental emergency while traveling. The ADA’s “Find a Dentist” website at http://www.mouthhealthy.org/find-a-dentist.aspz is a useful tool to find a dentist near you if you are out of the area. Feel free to call our office if you have an emergency while traveling. We are happy to help you any way that we can!
- How does your toothbrush look? Use the season change as a reminder to replace toothbrushes that have worn or frayed bristles. Toothbrushes should be changed every 3-6 months, and especially after a cold or virus.