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Keep Your Smile Sparkling Throughout This Summer Season

     The summer season provides numerous opportunities for people to enjoy various celebrations, trips to the beach and backyard barbeques or bonfires. While these activities prove to make summer a memorable time, it is also important to maintain optimal oral health. Between barbeques and amusement parks, summertime eating can be synonymous with sugary, sticky foods and drinks, which can contribute to tooth decay if you do not practice proper oral health care. By maintaining your oral health at home and visiting your dentist in 29412 for regular care, you can protect your teeth and gums from harm this summer season.

Brush, Brush, Brush!

Since enjoying an occasional s'more or other sweet snack is part of the American tradition in the summertime, it is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day. By brushing your teeth you are removing food and plaque that remains on and between your teeth after eating. It is also a good idea to brush your teeth after snacks or meals to eliminate food that is left over in your mouth. However, brushing may be difficult when you are at a festival or enjoying the beach. If you cannot brush, rinsing your mouth out with water will help to eliminate anything that might be stuck to your teeth.

Remember to Floss!

It is always important to floss, but when you are eating foods that can get stuck between your teeth it is vital to floss. Whether you are eating ribs or corn on the cob at a barbeque or festival, it is important to get rid of any food particles that are stuck between your teeth. Even if you do not have access to brushing your teeth after meals and snacks, it is easy to carry along some dental floss so you can at least clean between your teeth after eating.

Drink Lots of Water

Water is the best way to remain hydrated on a hot summer day, but it is also beneficial for your teeth. If you drink water instead of sugary drinks, even sports drinks, it is better for your teeth because it does not provide a breeding ground for bacteria to thrive. Water is also beneficial because if you can't brush your teeth after a meal or snack, it helps to rid your teeth of some of the particles that eating leaves behind.

Jump, Dive, Swim and Kick, but Protect Your Teeth

During the summer season many of us will be enjoying the great outdoors by participating in popular summer sports. Whether you are swimming, playing soccer or participating in softball, your teeth can be exposed to danger. Frequent swimmers may be at risk for developing yellowish-brown or dark brown stains on their teeth due to the chemically treated water. A professional dental cleaning will help improve the appearance of your teeth.

Many people also participate in various contact sports, including soccer, softball and basketball. According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), soccer players are more likely than football players to sustain a dental-related injury. However, these statistics do not include people playing pick-up games with friends. When participating in sports it is important to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth from damage.

Visit your dentist in 29412 for more information on how you can protect your smile this summer season.

Article Source:

Dr. Robert Beall is a family dentist in 29412 at James Island Family Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. Working alongside Dr. Beall are Drs. Richard Beck and Molly Jeter Netzler. Services offered at James Island Family Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, include dental veneers, dental implants, sedation, and 29412 Invisalign, among many others.

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