School’s out, or almost and summer needs a kick-off! Who doesn’t want to celebrate the season that features family days, time spent poolside, BBQs, ballparks, camping and all the sun has to offer. It’s the great love affair, you and summer.
Of course, the saying goes, “love is blind” and with good reason. Summer fun can sometimes hurt your teeth.
This summer, Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) wants you to give some summer lovin’ to your teeth, which is just as easy and enjoyable as spending your day at the beach with the below tips.
Tip 1: Say Cheese!
When at a backyard BBQ, bring a cheese tray so you know you’ll have something healthy to nibble on! Cheese is not only healthy for you, but it’s also tasty and the calcium and phosphates help neutralize plaque acid, which ultimately reduces cavities.
Tip 2: Wash it Down with Water
While camping, it’s hard to stay away from the s’mores and sweets. Be sure to drink a lot of water and brush and floss when you’re done. Water helps wash away food debris and keeps your saliva levels high. Saliva is your mouths best defense against tooth decay because the proteins and minerals counteract enamel-eating acids.
Tip 3: Snack on Simple Snacks
Taking a trip to the beach? Pack simple snacks, like apples, almonds, and carrots. Fruits and veggies are high in fiber and produce salvia, which rinses away bacteria and food particles. Almonds are also great for your teeth because they are a good source of calcium and protein, but low in sugar.