5 Tips to Protect Your Teeth This Summer

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During the summer, many people are thrown off their normal routines, and that can include their oral care routine. It’s easy to forget about or skip steps in your oral health routine. As you enjoy summer activities such as camping, swimming, cookouts, and more, follow these tips to keep your teeth healthy.

Make Your Back-to-School Dental Appointment

Many health providers’ offices fill up fast in the fall, including dentists, so make your dental appointment early. Back-to-school is right around the corner and is a good reminder to schedule your kids’ (and yours!) dental and medical appointments.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking water directly benefits your teeth. It’s easy to get dehydrated while swimming or drinking alcohol without realizing it, which prevents your mouth from producing enough saliva. A dry mouth promotes bacterial growth because there is less saliva to wash away plaque. Prevent tooth decay and promote overall health by staying hydrated.

Don’t Chew on Ice

Chewing on hard items like ice can hurt your teeth. Ice is harder than you think, and it’s tempting to chew on it when it’s in food or beverages. If your drinks have ice in them, avoid chewing on it or drink something cool without ice.

Store Your Toothbrush Properly When Traveling

It’s easy to overlook your toothbrush when you’re traveling, and you might be tempted to just toss it in your bag after your brush your teeth the morning you leave. Unfortunately, this promotes bacteria growth, as luggage is a dark, damp place where bacteria can thrive. Keep your toothbrush as dry as possible and don’t leave it in a closed container for longer than necessary. When you get to your destination, let it air dry upright.

Limit Sugary Food and Beverages

During the summer, it’s easy to consume food or beverages with a high sugar content, especially sodas or alcohol. Try to limit your sugar intake as best you can, but also make sure you’re still brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day to prevent tooth decay.

Dental Care in Nixa, MO

Consider MAC Dental for your dental needs this summer and beyond. Our team is proud to offer comprehensive, affordable dentistry to the entire family in our welcoming office. Request your appointment online today.


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Nixa, MO 65714



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