Tips For A Healthy Mouth This Summer
We are no strangers to the harsh winters of St. Paul, so we understand and hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather we experience this time of year. One of the best parts of summer is the lack of routine that we are able to enjoy while school is closed and most sports and activities are over. Even many jobs move at a slower pace during this time of year. No matter how relaxed you may be, it is important to maintain your oral hygiene routine during the summer months. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your teeth and mouth stay healthy this summer:
Clean Your Teeth and Mouth Properly
It can be tempting to cut back on your oral hygiene routine after a long summer day. No matter how busy you are, it is important to continue to brush and floss as normal. We have a tendency to indulge in more sweet treats and drinks during the summer months, so it is important to wash away any lingering bacteria.
Protect Your Lips
We hope that you are using sunscreen while you are out and about this summer enjoying the sunshine. We want to remind you to protect your lips as well. Lips can easily become sunburned, increasing your risk of developing cancer on your lips.
Drink More Water
Be sure to drink plenty of water this summer. Not only is it best for your overall health, but drinking water helps to wash away lingering sugar and bacteria from your teeth.
Don’t Chew Ice
When it is a hot day, it may be tempting to chew on ice, but this can cause severe damage to the enamel of your teeth. Although ice melts, its solid form can be extremely rough on your teeth, even causing them to crack and break.
Our final tip is to check the dates of the last hygiene examinations and cleanings for everyone in your family. If it has been longer than six months, or the recommended follow-up time, now is the perfect time to contact our office located in St. Paul, MN to schedule an appointment before school starts. Hope you have an enjoyable rest of summer.