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These Dental Tips Can Help Protect Your Smile This Summer

Summer Smile

Summertime brings a whole host of vacations, outdoor activities and adventures, but it’s important not to forget about your oral health while having fun! The July 4th celebrations kicked off the summer fun for our team, and we received some questions from friends and family about how to keep their teeth healthy while on vacation.

Below are Dr. Greg LaVecchia’s tips for how to protect your smile over the summer months:

  1. Maintain an Oral Hygiene Routine: Just because you are away from home, or staying up later than usual doesn’t mean that you should forget to brush and floss your teeth in the morning and before you go to bed. It’s the most important (and simplest) way of ensuring your teeth are clean and helps avoid dental issues down the road. If you are falling asleep without brushing your teeth, try to brush them after dinner before you get too tired.

  2. A Mouthguard is Your Best Friend: If you are doing any sports such as skateboarding, biking, or football, it’s important not to overlook protecting your teeth by using a mouthguard. Dr. LaVecchia can create a custom mouthguard if you need one all year, but one of the store-bought alternatives will do for a short period. A mouthguard can protect your teeth from absorbing impact and reduce the likelihood of dental injuries.

  3. Stay Hydrated: Drinking water is important all year round, but particularly in the hot summer months for your oral health and your overall health. You require enough saliva flow to neutralize acids, remove food particles and prevent tooth decay, and if you are dehydrated, this can lead to dry mouth causing dental issues. And, avoid sodas as much as possible!

  4. Avoid Biting Ice or Popsicles: A cold popsicle or chewing on a piece of ice might sound appealing when it’s hot outside, however biting on hard ice can cause cracks, chips or fractures to your teeth.

  5. Be Mindful of Treats: Sugar is one of the worst things for your teeth and can cause tooth decay and gum problems. Summer exploring is often an excuse for trying out all the local ice cream or pastry shops, but be mindful of how often you eat these and make sure to brush your teeth afterwards to avoid problems.

  6. Be Prepared: Carrying a travel sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss is the best way to stay on top of your oral hygiene while on the move. It means no matter where you are, you can keep your teeth clean and fresh and avoid long term dental problems!

Dr. LaVecchia and the dental team in Arlington, VA wish you a summer of fun, but please do take these preventative measures if you can to ensure your smile remains healthy!


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