Summertime is a great time. The days are longer, we spend more time outside, the kids are out of school, & many of us take trips with family & friends. With all the changes in your routine during the summer, it might be simple to let dental care become less of a priority. Here are a few tips from your dental team to keep you smiling all summer long.
Tempting as it may be, as your dentist we must beg you not to chew on ice during the hot summer months! Just because your teeth are capable of chewing ice does not mean they should. Ice is hard enough to damage your tooth enamel, which is the hard outer layer of your teeth that protects the softer materials below. Place ice cubes in your drink to cool it instead.
Drink Water Instead of Juices & Soft Drinks
Ads for soft drinks love to tempt us during the summer with ads about how wonderfully refreshing their products are, but when it comes to hydration & cooling off, nothing beats good old-fashioned water. Plus, drinking water won’t put you at risk for tooth decay like juices & soft drinks (including diet!). Plus, water can even help prevent tooth decay by washing away sugars & food particles that may be lingering in your mouth from your last meal or snack. So, please remember, soda pop & juices should be treats & you should drink water to stay cool & hydrated during the summer.
Generally your summer plans involve exotic vacations; relaxed evenings spent at your own home or partying away with friends etc. and so it often occur that you tend to neglect your dental hygiene. While it is essential that you include a firm dental hygiene routine as part of your summer ‘to-do’ list, preventative dental services aid you in checking future teeth loss due to gum disease, cavities and other oral health problems.
Dental preventive care contains diligently following a personal dental hygiene routine, dental check-ups, dental cleanings, dental X-rays and dental sealants. Preventive dental care leads to early detection of dental problems and ensures effective treatment to prevent permanent damage. It enables your dental practitioner to examine and suggest the essential treatment for the concerned issues. Disease in its initial stages is easier to treat and at low cost.
Digital Dental X-rays
Digital dental X-rays is quite a safe technique which renders enhanced computer images of your teeth, gums, and other oral structures while significantly reducing your exposure to radiation. Dental X-rays are indispensable, preventative, diagnostic technique that offer valuable information about problems areas and may reveal hidden dental abnormalities such as abscesses or cysts, bone loss, cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Fluoride treatments are recommended for patients who are at an enlarged risk of tooth decay, including those with poor oral hygiene, active cavities, tooth enamel defects etc. Application of fluoride is done in gel, foam or varnish form either in a tray or painted directly on the teeth. Such treatments are often repeated every 3, 6 or 12 months depending on each patient’s individual requirements.