Summer in Ann Arbor is one of the most exciting times to call this area home, with so many places to visit and things to do. When summer rolls around, it can be super easy to get out of our regular routines, including how you take care of your teeth at home. As you enjoy camping, swimming, cookouts, vacationing, and more, we have tips to keep your oral and overall health in check as temperatures rise.
No Ice, Ice Baby
When the thermometer begins to soar, it’s so easy to run to your freezer for a big cup of ice. Be very careful chewing on hard items like ice because they can damage your teeth. If your drinks have ice in them, try to avoid chewing on them or drink something cool without ice altogether.
Make Your Back-to-School Appointment
One of the biggest tips your Ann Arbor dentist can give you is to remember to schedule your family’s back-to-school visits now so that when summer winds down, you’re ready to go. Appointments can fill up fast in the fall, so call us now to get scheduled for your cleaning.
Limit Sugar and Sweets
Sugary foods and beverages are everywhere, especially during summertime when it’s easy to splurge on a vacation. Sodas and alcoholic drinks are packed with sugar, not to mention all of the delicious dishes that will come your way. Try to limit your sugar intake, and remember to brush your teeth after meals — ideally, twice a day, while flossing once.
Make Sure to Stay Hydrated
Drinking water benefits both your oral and overall health. Drinking water is good for you every day, but it can be necessary for the summer when it’s easy to become dehydrated, especially in excessive heat. You’ll want to avoid dry mouth that promotes bacterial growth due to having less saliva in your mouth that helps to wash away plaque. Prevent tooth decay and promote your overall health by staying hydrated and happy this summer.
Have Toothbrush Will Travel
Don’t forget to take your toothbrush with you if you’re heading out of town for a summer vacation. Keep your toothbrush free from bacterial growth in your luggage by properly storing it during travel. Make sure your toothbrush remains dry until you arrive at your destination. Brushing and flossing on vacation are still important!
Watch Out for the Sun
Don’t forget to wear plenty of sunscreen on your body this summer, including your lips! Why? Because your lips are very sensitive and susceptible to getting sunburn, just like the rest of your body. Remember to always apply a lip balm with a sun protection factor or SPF of at least 15. Over time, consistent sunburns on your lips can lead to other health issues, including skin or oral cancer. In short, don’t forget to pack your lip balm and protect your lips while you’re enjoying the outdoors.
We’re always welcoming new patients at all of our dental offices in Ann Arbor, Canton, Farmington Hills, and Livonia.