How to maintain good oral hygiene in summer

With summer approaching, everybody is in the mood to relax, unwind and perhaps travel. The last thing on anyone’s mind is good oral health. This summer, while you stock up on sun-block and take extra care to exfoliate, remember these simple tips by Dentzz to ensure that your oral hygiene remains strong.

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You are what you eat

Summer means parties, outdoor events and lots of sugary drinks to keep you cool. However, foods that are high in sugar, or white carbohydrates are terrible for your teeth as they break down your enamel. It is important to be very careful about what you consume in the summer. Choose foods high in protein and low in carbohydrates. A hot dog is better than a cookie and water is the best choice as far as beverages go.

Play Smart

The season of vacations and pool parties is also a season for falls and accidents. One of the most common causes for dental injuries in the summer is slipping and falling when getting out of the swimming pool. It is important to be extra cautious in any wet area and to walk carefully.

In care someone does slip and fall, at Dentzz we recommend you take the following steps.

  1. Use warm water to clean the wound and then a cold compress to help reduce swelling
  2. Use gauze to stop any bleeding.
  3. Place a lost tooth back in the mouth or else keep the tooth moist with salt water or milk.
  4. Rush to the dentist as soon as possible.

Stay Hydrated

Drink water and make sure that you are well hydrated. Drinking enough water protects your teeth and gums from decay. Make sure you drink water alone and drink as few sugary drinks as possible. Even traditional summer beverages like lemonade can inflict a fair amount of damage to your teeth.

Swim Wisely

Summer without swimming is incomplete. Of course everyone loves a dip in the pool but swimming too often can lead to tooth decay due to the presence of chlorine in the water. Make it a point to brush your teeth after every swim in order to minimise the damage.

Brush Regularly

It is important to brush your teeth regularly all year round. The summer is when schedules are least followed, life is often a series of events and gatherings and it is easy to forget to brush your teeth once in a while. That’s why it is imperative that you make sure your brush your teeth at least twice a day every day, without fail. Clean teeth are vital to maintaining great oral hygiene. If you can just remember to brush your teeth in the summer, that’s more than half the job done!

 

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