Now that summer is here, you'll likely be spending more time outside and eating a variety of sweet and/or grilled treats. Luckily, there are a few ways you can take care of your teeth and gums. Here are a few practical tips to keep in mind even if you're not able to make it to Your Dental Office in Toronto, or Etobicoke, right away.
Drink lots of water if you're trying to keep additional plaque and impurities from building up on your teeth. If the tap water in your area is safe, it's best to drink this for dental health. Tap water often contains fluoride which strengthens the teeth and helps prevent cavities. You can add a little lemon juice to the water to improve the taste, but don't add too much since citric acid can weaken the teeth. It's also best to avoid carbonated drinks since sodas and sparkling water can weaken tooth enamel. If you do enjoy a carbonated beverage or two this summer, be sure to drink out of a straw so the beverage won't come into direct contact with your teeth.
If you're looking for a refreshing summer drink that is safe for your teeth and gums, tea is a great choice. Tea has compounds that fight bacteria so you can enjoy a glass of iced tea on the porch while caring for your teeth and gums. Of course, it's best to make sure that the tea is not laden with sugar.
You should also be sure to brush and floss twice a day during the summer. It's important to do this all year round, but you should make sure you keep your mouth clean during a time of year when you may be eating more ice cream, popsicles, and barbecue (the sauce contains sugar). Rinsing your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash can also strengthen your enamel and protect you from tooth decay.
To maintain good oral health, remember to be coming for regular dental checkups and cleanings at Your Dental Office located in Toronto and Etobicoke. Contact us to schedule a dental appointment to check up on your teeth and learn more ways to maintain good oral health year round!