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5 Easy Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Healthiest During the Summer!

Finally, summer is here! Memorial day is right around the corner, and we all look forward having the summertime activities. The list of wonderful activities going on – the barbecues, picnics, days at the beach, vacations, and parties. The delicious summer treats and drinks are part of a great time along our moments with friends and family.

Here are some of our favorite summertime foods – ice cream, frozen treats, frozen candy bars, cotton candy, and sweet melons and fruits. Then there is staple party time food such as potato chips, crackers, cheese puffs, beer, soda, most hard liquors, frozen or iced coffee drinks. The list goes on with these treats. Unfortunately after all they could cause decay and sensitivity if we do not practice proper care of your teeth.

So our doctors, Dr. Stella Oh and Dr. Estafan came up with a few tips that will surely help all of you have fun in the sun while keeping your mouth and teeth healthy all summer long.

How to keep your teeth healthy: Drink Plenty of Water

Keep your mouth moist by drinking water throughout the day. Even the smallest sips of water helps wash away plaque-causing bacteria and can even improve your breath. After consuming the food listed above, we suggest rinsing your mouth with water right away.

How to keep your teeth healthy: Chew Xylitol Flavored Gum

Chewing sugarless, xylitol flavored gum immediately after this food consumption can help you minimize tooth decay. Xylitol is our number one type of sweetener in the dental community. However, do not consume too much xylitol gum at once as it can cause stomach upset.

How to keep your teeth healthy: Skip the Bubbles

If you can, avoid carbonated drinks, especially sugar added ones. The acid alone in carbonated drinks can wear down your enamel. Drinking high-sugar soft drinks is most commonly associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and weight gain, not to mention tooth decay. If you must, try unflavored sparkling water and use a straw.

How to keep your teeth healthy: Use Straw

This works for coffee too. As you may know, our taste-buds are mostly on the tongue. Why not deliver the drinks with flavor directly where you need them and avoid subjecting your teeth to stains, acids, and sugars they don’t need. If you can manage, use a straw to drink anything except water. The exception may be the red wine since it’s pretty much impossible to enjoy wine through a straw. So enjoy your wine – and if your teeth discolor, get more frequent cleanings or find out what the options are for whitening.

How to keep your teeth healthy: Try Green Tea

According to American Academy of Periodontology, Green Tea may have an ability to help reduce symptoms of periodontal(gum) disease due to the presence of the antioxidant catechin. Some researchers have demonstrated antioxidants’ ability to reduce inflammation in the body. Additionally, it’s naturally sugar-free. Black tea may also be capable of killing or suppressing the growth of cavity-causing bacteria like Lactobacillus and Streptococcus mutans in plaque, thus drinking tea may aid in preventing gum disease and prohibit cavities from developing. However, black tea would cause staining on your teeth and add sugar and milk in your tea will promote tooth decay. We suggest using the tips from our blog, 4 healthy drinks that may damage your teeth and solutions to prevent the damage.

How to keep your teeth healthy: Don’t miss your regular Dental Check-up

Your dental checkup should be a must as part of the getting ready for the summer months. Not only you can have your teeth cleaned and whitened to show off at your parties but also you could have any problems detected early.

The best dentists in New York are dedicated to serving your needs when it comes to dentistry and we want you to enjoy your smile throughout summer. So call Madison Avenue Dentists for an appointment or email us with any questions.

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