You may have already started planning your summer vacation and have geared up for all the great time’s summertime has to offer! It’s no surprise that most of us choose to cool down with sweet, cold beverages and ice cream. We wanted to give you a few tips to make sure you keep your teeth healthy while having a great time enjoying the many summer activities.

Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools

With the dog days of summer, we sometimes get a little too relaxed and use our teeth as tools rather than making the effort to get up and use something more appropriate for the task. Whether it be cutting that fishing line, or opening a bottle, don’t use your teeth. The same applies when it comes to chewing on ice. The consequences of using your teeth as tools or as an ice chipper may result in hairline or micro-cracks that are hard to see but will lead to problems in the future. Take that extra 30 seconds to stand up, brush off the sand and stretch your legs because your relaxation will end pretty quickly if you crack your teeth on a bottle cap.

Go Easy on the Sweets

For many, summertime sweets are the hardest to avoid, especially when you’ve been craving that ice cream cone or a cold soda after a long day at the beach. You don’t have to neglect that sweet tooth but keep moderation in mind. Those nostalgic summertime sweets are filled with sugar and can cause cavities, enamel loss, and plaque. Your teeth are no different in the winter time as they are in the summer so it’s still your responsibility to keep your teeth healthy and eating too many sweets is one sure way to ruin your teeth fast. The bacteria in your mouth love sugar, which turns into acids, resulting in damages to teeth. Our advice is to only eat sweets as part of your meal versus snacks, brush or rinse after you eat or drink something sweet or chew sugarless gum to reduce tooth decay.

Stick to Your Oral Hygiene Routine

While the kids are on summer break and vacations are in full swing, it’s common for your oral routine to fall to the wayside. Don’t sweat it. Summer is a time for fun and it’s important that you indulge yourself in what summer has to offer. However, one routine that you can’t afford to compromise on is your oral hygiene routine. No matter the time of year, brushing your teeth 2-3 times per day and flossing on a daily basis is essential for your overall health and well-being.

Protect Your Lips from UV Rays

Don’t forget the sunscreen and stay hydrated! I’m sure you’ve heard that line a time or two. While we consider it common sense, this great advice falls short because many people forget to apply SPF 15 or higher lip balm when spending time outside.

Our lips are sensitive and are very prone to burning, which over time can cause a number of risks including skin cancer. If your plans include spending a lot of time outdoors this summer, it’s important that you take care of your lips by applying a quick and easy SPF 15 or higher lip balm.

Enjoy Your Summer!

Summer is fun for the whole family and let’s be honest, we look forward to the beach all year long! It’s a time to make memories that last forever. Just don’t let one of those memories include a visit to the dentist because you broke your tooth using it as a tool to open a can!

Be cautious and safe, follow these tips mentioned above, and you’ll be on your way to a white winter once the warm season comes to an end.