Over the holidays and summer vacation many people become lax regarding healthy habits, including dental hygiene. The following practical advice from our dentists at COSS will help protect your teeth and those of your loved ones with ease…
1. DRINK WATER
Water is the most effective drink for quenching thirst, as well as the healthiest for your mouth. Have you ever noticed the acidic aftertaste that soda produces? Soda changes the pH of your mouth, making it more acidic, and it’s precisely this acidic environment that can cause problems. Our dentists recommend taking a sip of water after having soda to help your saliva reestablish a neutral pH in your mouth. Moreover, if you drink soda regularly, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, and use fluoride toothpaste.
2. REDUCE THE TIME YOUR TEETH ARE EXPOSED TO SUGAR
Saliva plays a crucial role in maintaining the pH of your mouth. If you expose your teeth to food or drink with added sugar for an extended period of time, you’re exposing them to a damaging acidic environment. Eating quickly, drinking water afterwards, and of course avoiding refined sugar help reduce this harmful exposure.
3. CARRY A TOOTHBRUSH AND TOOTHPASTE WHEREVER YOU GO
Adopt the good habit of bringing your dental hygiene kit with you, particularly if you have a propensity for developing cavities or have had cavities in the past. Brush your teeth at least three times a day or after each meal, and floss.
4. VISIT YOUR DENTIST BEFORE LEAVING FOR SUMMER VACATION
Before relaxing into vacation, visit your dentist for a checkup. That way you can enjoy your R&R without any unpleasant dental surprises creeping up on you, free from cavities and with a huge smile, ready to have fun with friends and family!