Avoid Bad Dental Habits This Summer
- July 2, 2018
Summer is a great time to relax. Kids are out of school. And many families schedule a vacation. But it’s important not to become too relaxed about your dental care. You don’t want to spend any of your time this summer getting a restorative dentistry service!
Hopefully you won’t need a restorative dental treatment if you avoid the bad dental habits we’ve mentioned below. If you have questions about our recommendations or any other aspect of your dental health, call Gentle Dental Care at 860-479-2397. We’re happy to help you keep your smile healthy!
Bad Habit No. 1: Not Wearing an Athletic Mouthguard
Many folks participate in more sports during the summer. Wearing an athletic mouthguard is definitely a good idea, especially if your sport involves running, jumping, physical contact, or the possibility of getting hit in the face with a ball. Your chance of suffering a dental injury falls dramatically if you wear a mouthguard while you play.
You can get a “boil-and-bite” mouthguard at a sporting goods store. But it won’t fit as well or protect you as well as a custom-made mouthguard. Dr. Peltzer will make sure your mouthguard fits perfectly, even if you wear orthodontics. Between games, keep your mouthguard clean and dry. Rinse and dry it after use. Keep it in a sturdy container with vents.
Bad Habit No. 2: Skipping Dental Exam or Cleaning
Because you may have a trip or two on your calendar, you may decide to put off your regular bi-annual dental exam and cleaning. That’s never a good idea, though. Professional cleanings remove plaque that you miss at home and tartar that has formed as a result, reducing your risk of cavities and gum disease.
Exams also give Dr. Peltzer a chance to identify any potential problems as soon as possible. Treating dental problems in their early stages is easier, less invasive, and less expensive.
Bad Habit No. 3: Chewing on Ice
Many people try to quench their thirst in the summer with sodas, sweet tea, and lemonade. These types of drinks do little, if anything, to hydrate you. In fact, they can have the opposite effect. They seem refreshing, though, especially in a glass filled with lots of ice. Don’t be tempted to chew it, though, as it can chip away at your tooth enamel.
Over time this bad dental habit can weaken your teeth, making them more susceptible to breaks and cracks. If you do break or crack a tooth, seek treatment ASAP to avoid worsening damage and allowing bacteria to get inside your tooth where it can cause serious dental problems.
Bad Habit No. 4: Not Drinking Enough Water
Drinking water is a healthy habit for many reasons. In the case of your oral health, it helps keep your breath fresher and also helps wash away the food debris that can lead to cavities. It’s especially important in the summer, when you lose more water through perspiration. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, every day.
Bad Habit No. 5: Sipping on Sugary Drinks
If you’re drinking a sugary beverage, you may think you’re doing your teeth a favor by limiting the amount you take in. But that’s not exactly true. In reality, it’s more damaging to your teeth if you sip on a single soda throughout the afternoon than if you drink three soft drinks back to back. The longer your teeth are exposed to excess sugar, the greater your chance of developing tooth decay.
In addition, soft drinks and many other sugary beverages are also highly acidic. The acids in these drinks are enough to erode your tooth enamel.
Avoiding bad dental habits will help keep your smile healthy! If you need to schedule a dental exam or any other dental service, call our Plainville, CT dentist office at 860-479-2397.