As we enter the summer months, the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) reminds residents to stay healthy by practicing good oral health.
“Many of the treats and activities we enjoy in warmer weather can have a harmful impact on our teeth and mouth,” said Dr. David Fried, CSDA President. “Crunching on ice cubes, consuming sugary drinks, and playing some sports can actually result in harm to your teeth and mouth. Following some simple tips can help ensure you have a happy and healthy summer.”
Chewing on hard foods, including ice, can make you vulnerable to broken teeth and damaged enamel so it’s best to use ice to cool your drinks, not chew on it. Contact sports, like football and soccer, may be obvious potential oral health risks, but so are other summer activities like roller blading or gymnastics. “Dentists advise that you wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth and mouth when enjoying these activities,” said Dr. Fried. When you are thirsty this summer, avoid beverages such as sports or energy drinks, or lemonade, which may contain high quantities of sugar. They can lead to cavities and enamel erosion. Instead, reach for a glass of cold water.
If you’re planning a trip out of the country this summer, be sure to take care of any dental issues you have before you leave. Take the time to visit your dentist in advance of your trip so you aren’t caught traveling without access to dental care.
In addition to avoiding certain foods or taking precautions before some activities, proper oral hygiene will help protect your mouth and teeth. “Brush teeth for two minutes twice a day and don’t forget to floss daily,” continued Dr. Fried. “It’s also a good practice to change your toothbrush every four months so it remains effective in cleaning your teeth.”