Summer is the perfect time to relax, take a vacation, and enjoy time with your family. Unfortunately, that relaxed attitude often extends to oral health practices, which can damage your teeth and gums and land you in the office of a periodontist in Monroe, CT, very quickly.
In order to keep your teeth, mouth, and gums healthy this summer, we have a few tips that you should always keep in mind.
Do Not Use Your Teeth as Tools
Your teeth are intended to give you a beautiful smile, and aid your body in the process of digestion by breaking down your food before it enters your stomach. They are not intended to open bottles, gnaw through wrappers or chew on ice. These habits can be detrimental for both your teeth and your pocketbook, as you pay for expensive treatments for chipped or broken teeth.
Cut Back on the Sweets
We know it is tempting to chow down on pop and candy during the summer as you relax and enjoy life. Try to cut back on sugar as much as possible and replace those snacks with foods that are good for your teeth. Some ideas are:
•Fresh fruit chips
If you do eat a sugary snack, it is better to eat it in one sitting than to snack on it throughout the day.
Protect Your Mouth During Sports
From baseball to soccer and everything in between, summer is the best time to indulge in the outdoor activities you love. Unfortunately, mouth injuries are common when the mouth is left unprotected. Along with injuries, you may have to worry about grinding your teeth in intense situations. At the beginning of the summer, invest in a custom made mouth guard to protect your mouth and teeth while you do the things you love.
Stay ahead of your mouth and keep your gums and teeth healthy this summer. For more information about gum health, call the offices of Dr. Richard Amato today at (203) 712-0917 to schedule an appointment.