Summer days in the Rio Grande Valley are extremely hot yet unique in their own way, full of precious memories shared among you and your family. Whether it’s a stroll in the park, a backyard carne asada, or a movie stream night–as long as everyone maintains social distancing and wears a mask–this summer could most definitely be a memorable one!
With summer being a good opportunity to dig in and consume sugary snacks and drinks, it is crucial to consume wisely within these coming months in order to protect the best interests of you and your family’s oral health.
The McAllen family dentist of WhiteWing Dental would like to further emphasize the importance of keeping your teeth in their best shape possible by practicing excellent oral hygiene this summer season.
Consuming Your Snacks Wisely
Chewy candies, sodas, ice creams, or alcohol-infused drinks–for those of responsible ages–might satisfy a craving for the moment, but over time, these treats can cause damage to your teeth if you don’t take oral hygiene seriously. Carbonated drinks such as soft drinks, seltzers, and adult beverages can serve as one of the bigger threats of developing cavities due to their high volumes of acid as well.
While you don’t have to do away with these treats completely this summer, it is best to not overconsume these snacks and drinks and encourage your family members to practice moderation as well, if not for the safety of your teeth, but for the overall condition of your health.
Healthier and Yummy Summer Alternatives!
Yes, we often like to satisfy our sweet tooth cravings with these sugary snacks and substances, but there are plenty of other alternatives that can not only satisfy your cravings but can even benefit your oral health!
Fresh fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and grapes are all healthier alternatives and are rich with nutrients and Vitamin C, which can help strengthen your gums to fight off gum disease and unwanted intruders.
Other healthier snacks to munch on include veggie sticks, as they help stimulate your flow of saliva, cheese sticks, as they are rich in calcium which can help benefit your teeth and bones, and fresh water, as it can wash away any lingering food debris off of your teeth.
Essential Guide Towards A Healthy Oral Hygiene Routine
With everything going on in reducing the spread of COVID-19, it is crucial to take care of you and your family’s oral health as much as you possibly can, now more than ever. Doing the following will not only benefit your oral health but will vastly help reduce any other oral health complications of any kind so you can sit back and enjoy your summer season safely.
Your daily oral hygiene routines should consist of:
- Brushing your teeth two to three times a day with an American Dental Association (ADA) approved fluoride-based toothpaste.
- Flossing at least once a day so that you can get to all of the hard-to-reach food debris or plaque buildup.
- Use an ADA approved, antibacterial, non-alcoholic mouthwash to rinse out all leftover bacteria.
- Snack wisely, and limit the number of times you and your children snack throughout the day.
- Do not use your teeth as a tool by any means necessary. Opening bottles with your teeth should be avoided as it can lead to a chipped tooth or other unwanted dental emergencies.
- If participating in any recreational sports, wear an appropriately sized mouth guard to prevent any potential oral injuries.
McAllen Family Dentist Ready to Brighten Up Smiles!
When in need of any dental service or checkup, you can always count on the trustworthy McAllen family dentists at WhiteWing Dental to take care of your oral health needs! Our dentist and staff are currently taking all necessary sanitation protocols in order to ensure the safety of our clients and will continue to do so all summer long.
Contact WhiteWing Dental today to book your next appointment this summer season!