Summer is back in full swing-warm weather, outdoor activities, all the goodness of this time of year. Even in the midst of all our summer activities, we can’t forget the importance of oral health. Follow along with us as we share with you 5 summer tips for healthy teeth!
Tip #1: Drink Water
For most, this sounds simple. Our bodies are made up of 60% water. With temperatures rising, it’s good to replenish the water that we are sweating out; but water is actually really good for our teeth, too. First, it fights against dry mouth. When your saliva runs low, you’re more at risk for tooth decay. Drinking water is the best solution to dry mouth. Drinking water also helps to keep your mouth clean with every sip. It helps to wash away bacteria that could lead to cavities. The takeaway from all this? Drink A LOT water this summer.
Tip #2: Choose Tap
We just learned that drinking water is very good for our oral health. Here’s the kick, tap water is even better! Tap water contains a mineral called fluoride, which is very good for our teeth. Fluoridated water helps to protect against caries (teeth erosion) and cavities. Experts say that drinking water that contains fluoride is actually the best and most cost efficient ways to protect your teeth against caries.
Tip #3: Skip the Bubbles
I think it’s safe to assume that most of us know that soda is bad for us. The amount of sugar in soda is so high that it can lead to cavities and even diabetes after time. The caffeine in soda has been linked to causing cancer. The phosphoric acid in soda eats at the lining in your stomach and can even lead to osteoporosis. It also causes dehydration, which can lead to dry mouth. All of these things are really bad, but it’s even worse on your teeth. The high levels of acid and sugar in soda is a recipe for disaster for your teeth. They strip away the enamel on your teeth, leaving them vulnerable to cavities and tooth decay. If the last three weeks have taught us anything, it’s that water is the go-to drink this summer.
Tip #4: Use a Straw
If you just can’t stay away from carbonated drinks, use a straw. By drinking out of a straw rather than sipping, it limits the contact your teeth will have with the acidity and sugar. Also, drinking through a straw creates a vacuum, which actually helps you consume the drink faster. Faster is better when it comes to soda because that means less time to be on your teeth.
Tip #5: Drink Tea
Tea has so many positive health benefits. It contains antioxidants that can improve brain function, increase weight loss, and can prevent cancer. Tea is also great for your teeth! It contains bacteria that suppress the rate at which bad mouth germs grow. This slows down the process of cavities and tooth decay.
You’re ready to have a healthy mouth this summer! Have a happy and healthy summer from all of us here at Sones Family Dental!