Posts for category: SUMMER
Summer sun brings summer fun! While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine. Check out three ways to prevent summertime tooth decay:
STAY ON A ROUTINE. Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime--or let it slide when they sleep in the next morning.
SAY NO TO SUGARY DRINKS AND SNACKS. As the temperature rises, it's common for families to start to sip and snack during sports tournaments, festivals or nearly any community event. Be very watchful of your family's intake of lemonade, juice, and soda during the hotter summer months. Offer water to beat the heat, or milk with meals. And finally, don't let summertime grazing damage your child's smile!
MAKE YOUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL DENTAL VISIT EARLY. Some schools require back-to-school dental visits for certain grades, and these checkups can be a good way to be sure that your child's teeth survived the summer break and stayed healthy. It is a great idea to make your child's back-to-school appointment early in the summer to avoid the August rush and help insure that you get the appointment time that works best for you!
Here in Oklahoma, it's time for HHH! Every Summer we experience the Hazy, Hot & Humid days of August. It is very easy to become dehydrated, which can really affect your overall health. Your body is up to 60% water. Not only can running low on this essential ingredient cause headaches, dizziness, and tiredness, but it can also lead to a dry mouth, which can have very determental side effects to your oral health!
So now that we have reviewed the importance of staying hydrated, what's the best way to combat that parched feeling--WATER! Check out these 3 reasons H2O is so vital to not only your dental health.
- WATER washes away food and residue without the sugar and acid found in other drinks.
- WATER promotes saliva production, which is the first defense against tooth decay.
- WATER is sugar and calorie free, which reduces the risk of cavities and weight gain.
So don't wait until you feel thirsty to reach for a glass of water. Make hydration a priority and provide your body with an easy but essential component of staying healthy this Summer!
With the start of Summer officially here, many people become more active. Although most summertime athletes have already hit the field for fun, take a look at the following precautions to consider when it comes to keeping your teeth safe as you enjoy playing your favorite sports.
USE A MOUTHGUARD
If you or your kids participate in contact sports this summer, make sure that they wear a properly fitted mouthguard. Athletes can avoid serious mouth and jaw injuries by using a mouthguard specifically designed for your sport.
BE MINDFUL OF SPORTS DRINKS
While sports drinks can be refreshing after a game, they unfortunately contain high levels of sugar and citric acid, which are known to erode or dissolve the teeth and reduce the minerals in the outer tooth enamel. The simplest way to prevent sports drinks from damaging your teeth is to avoid them completely and drink water instead. Water is a great option to keep you hydrated before, during, and after the game.
Summer is fast approaching--that wonderful time each year when fresh and delicious produce abounds! Although everyone loves the availability of the great foods of summer, your teeth, gums and tissues all rely on an appropriate mix of vitamins and minerals to maintain good oral health no matter what time of year. In previous studies, nutients in fruits and vegetables such as dietary fiber, potassium and antioxidants have all been associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and cancers, including oral cancer.
Four foods to enjoy this summer to ensure a healthy mouth:
- Watermelons have a high water content, which dilutes the affects of the sugars that they contain and stimulates the flow of saliva. In addition, research has shown that eating foods that are full of water, which watermelon is 92 percent water, helps to keep you satiated on fewer calories. Finally, in addition to containing skin-protecting lycopene, eating watermelon can help you stay hydrated during the hot Oklahoma summer months, which not only keeps your memory sharp and your mood stable, but also helps to keep your body cool.
- Strawberries are juicy and delicious, and they are considered a superfood. Nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants (such as vitamin C, which can help with cancer prevention), strawberries also promote eye health, help fight bad cholesterol, and regulate blood pressure.
- Not only can apple consumption boost your immune system, reduce cholesterol and reduce the risk for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, but they can also help you attain a whiter, healthier smile! Biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, and in the process, lowers the levels of bacteria and other harmful acids, which leads to a lower likihood of tooth decay. Finally, eating an apple a day has been linked to heart health, including a lower risk of death from both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease.
- Tomatoes are a delicious and healthy snack that can help to ward off cancer! The yummy red fruit contains lycopene, which helps to protect your skin from sunburn. Tomatoes can also help to fight heart disease due to the niacin, folate, and vitamin B6 nutrients that they contain. They are also high in crucial antioxidants, such as vitamin C and vitamin A, which work to prevent DNA damage.