It’s summer time! You’ve been waiting for months for the warmer weather, some time away from work, and quality time as a family. Whether you’re going on a big trip to the beach or doing a staycation in town, one thing that you’re probably not planning on is having a dental emergency. Although you can’t prevent all of them, here are five great ways that you can avoid needing an emergency visit to your dentist in Brady this summer. That way, you can truly enjoy yourself this season!
Did you know that pool accidents are among the top reasons for dental emergencies during the summer? When the lifeguard tells you or your child to walk, it’s for your safety, so slow down. Also, if you participate in sports, especially contact sports, wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth from injury. Even in activities such as biking or skateboarding, a mouthguard can give you added peace of mind.
Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools
Although it can be tempting to use your teeth to open that plastic packaging or pry open a bottle, don’t do it! Your teeth are strong, but they are not indestructible. Take the time and effort to find the appropriate tool for what you’re doing so that you don’t damage your teeth. If you have the propensity to chew on ice or pens, try to stop this habit. Your teeth will thank you in the long run.
Choose Healthy Snacks
Your diet impacts your mouth just as much as it does your body. Harmful bacteria in your mouth thrive on the sugars and carbohydrates from the food particles left in your mouth. If you choose more mouth-friendly foods, such as the following, you’ll be less likely to develop tooth decay or gum disease:
- Water-filled fruits and vegetables like cucumber or watermelon.
- Fibrous vegetables and fruits like apples, carrots, and celery.
- Calcium-rich foods like cheese, yogurt, and milk.
Keep Up Good Oral Hygiene
Just because it’s summer, it doesn’t mean that your oral hygiene should take a vacation. Make sure that you brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day and floss once every day. These two habits are critical to keep bacteria from forming tooth decay.
Schedule a Dental Checkup and Cleaning
Other than maintaining your daily oral hygiene routine, going to the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings is one of the most important things you can do to avoid painful oral problems. By going to this appointment twice every year, you can catch and treat issues early on before they have a chance to develop into bigger, more excruciating problems down the road.
If you implement these five tips into your lifestyle this season, you’ll be less likely to have a stressful, painful interruption to your summer fun. Take the short amount of time to do these things now, so that you don’t have to spend even more time in the dentist’s office treating a dental emergency. For more information or tips for caring for your smile, contact your dentist!
About the Author
Dr. Greg Ritchie brings almost 20 years of dentistry experience to every appointment at Ritchie Dental Group. After completing a one-year residency at Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital, he participated in post-doctorate neuromuscular training at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. For several years now, he has been named Texas Monthly’s Super Dentist, an award given to a small percentage of Texas dentists who have been highly recognized by their peers. To schedule an appointment, call (830) 693-8833 or click here.