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Don't overlook your smile: oral health tips for summer dental care

20 July · 3 minutes

As summer arrives, spontaneous plans and activities like trips and dining out become more common. Sticking to a routine and maintaining healthy habits, including oral care, becomes increasingly challenging. Breaking away from work schedules and established routines throughout the summer can disrupt oral health practices.

In this article, we will provide you with tips to help you fully enjoy the summer while also ensuring the proper maintenance of your dental care.

Summer's impact on neglected oral health

Despite maintaining regular dental appointments and following recommended treatments for optimal oral health throughout the year, we often forget these important practices during the summer. However, neglecting dental hygiene and maintenance during this time can seriously affect our smile's health.

One of the most common issues resulting from dental neglect is the buildup of bacterial plaque and tartar accumulation. Tartar accumulation not only affects the appearance of our teeth, but it can also harm our gums. As a result, by the end of summer, our gums may become inflamed and sensitive, causing discomfort when consuming cold treats like ice cream or drinks with ice.

Another consequence of neglecting dental health care in summer is bad breath. While we may attribute this to dietary changes, it is also caused by the buildup of bacterial plaque.

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Our summer dental care tips

Even though summer is a time for relaxation and disconnecting, taking care of your teeth is still achievable. Here are some tips to help you maintain good oral health during summer.

Always have a toothbrush

Make your toothbrush a staple item in your summer kit, alongside essentials like a towel and sunglasses. During summer, our schedules may be unpredictable, and we may not know when we'll be back home. By carrying your toothbrush with you at all times, you can brush your teeth whenever needed in any restroom.

Select a day per week to prioritize your oral heatlh

We suggest dedicating one day each week for a thorough oral hygiene routine, including brushing, rinsing, and flossing. While it's recommended to use dental floss daily, we understand that it can be more challenging during the summer. Therefore, it is important to prioritize this comprehensive review once a week to avoid completely neglecting your teeth's dental health during the summer.

Drink plenty of water

Proper hydration is crucial during the hottest months of the year, as our bodies require an adequate intake of water to function optimally. This includes our mouth, as staying hydrated helps prevent dry mouth, which can be uncomfortable and detrimental to gum health.

Certain beverages are not recommended for our teeth, such as tea, coffee, or wine, as they can stain the enamel. Alcoholic and sugary drinks are also highly damaging to our smiles. At Impress, we encourage you to prioritize water as your go-to hydrating option this summer, ensuring the healthiest dental care for your teeth.

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Eat fruits and vegetables

Summer is synonymous with enjoying light and refreshing foods like fruits and vegetables, which not only help us beat the heat but also provide numerous benefits for our oral health. Fruits and vegetables, in general, are excellent for gum health and overall well-being. Some fruits, such as melons, are hydrating and contribute to maintaining moisture in our mouths. Additionally, fruits like apples can assist in quickly cleaning our teeth when we're on the go. Embrace the abundance of these nutritious options during summer for a healthy and vibrant smile.

Avoid prolonged exposure to chlorine

The final tip for maintaining and caring for your dental and oral health this summer is often overlooked: be cautious with chlorine, as it can potentially harm our dental health.

Chlorine is a chemical commonly used in water to safeguard against infections, but it can have detrimental effects on our skin and teeth. For instance, chlorine can lead to the development of swimmer's tartar, characterized by yellowish or brownish spots on the front teeth. To counteract this, it's important to thoroughly rinse your mouth after swimming and avoid prolonged exposure to chlorine.

By being mindful of chlorine and taking appropriate precautions, you can help care for the health and appearance of your teeth throughout the summer season.

Impress: your partner in summer dental care

Clear aligners are an ideal orthodontic option for summer dental care. They are virtually invisible, allowing you to wear them discreetly without causing any inconvenience when enjoying food and drinks.

Furthermore, our innovative app enables you to track your treatment progress from anywhere, eliminating the need for frequent visits to our clinics. Rest assured, our team of experienced medical professionals with over 15 years of expertise is always available to provide support. Even if you are on vacation abroad and require dental care, we've got you covered with over 160 clinics across eight countries worldwide, making it convenient for you to access our services.

Visit an Impress clinic near you today to consult with one of our expert doctors about orthodontic treatment. Book your appointment now. Feel free to reach out to us via email or give us a call, and we can assist you further.

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