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27 / 06 / 2024

Summer Smiles: How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy During the Sunny Season

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At Seaham Smiles, we want to ensure your smile stays as vibrant as the summer sun. Here are some essential tips to keep your teeth healthy and radiant all summer long.

1. Stay Hydrated with Water

Summer heat can lead to dehydration, which isn’t just bad for your overall health but can also affect your oral health. Drinking plenty of water helps wash away food particles and bacteria, keeping your mouth clean and reducing the risk of tooth decay and bad breath. Water also helps in producing saliva, which is crucial for maintaining a healthy pH level in your mouth.

2. Be Mindful of Sugary and Acidic Foods

Summer is a time for ice cream, lemonade, and other sweet treats. While it’s okay to indulge occasionally, be cautious of the sugar and acid content in these foods and drinks. They can erode enamel and lead to cavities. If you do enjoy these treats, try to rinse your mouth with water afterward or chew sugar-free gum to neutralise acids.

3. Protect Your Teeth During Sports

Outdoor sports and activities are a staple of summer fun. If you’re participating in contact sports like rugby,  football, or even skateboarding, consider wearing a mouthguard. Mouthguards can prevent dental injuries and protect your teeth from fractures or knocks.

4. Maintain Your Oral Hygiene Routine

Summer vacations and relaxed schedules can sometimes disrupt our daily routines. Don’t let this affect your oral hygiene. Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily to remove plaque and food particles. Carry a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste if you’re on the go.

5. Limit Stain-Causing Beverages

Summer gatherings often include beverages like iced tea, coffee, red wine, and soda. These drinks can stain your teeth over time. To minimise staining, drink these beverages in moderation and consider using a straw to reduce contact with your teeth.

6. Choose Healthy Summer Snacks

Opt for tooth-friendly snacks like fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, and nuts. Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, and celery can act as natural toothbrushes, helping to scrub away plaque and food particles. Cheese is not only delicious but also helps neutralise acids in the mouth.

7. Be Cautious with DIY Whitening

Many people want a brighter smile for summer photos. While there are various DIY whitening kits available, it’s best to consult with us before trying them. Some products can damage your enamel or cause sensitivity if not used correctly. We can recommend safe and effective whitening options.


 

By following these tips, you can enjoy all the joys of summer while keeping your smile healthy and bright. At Seaham Smiles, we are committed to helping you achieve and maintain optimal oral health. If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact us. Have a wonderful summer and keep smiling!

 

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