How to take good care of your teeth and mouth during summer

Summer is a season that invites you to be more relaxed and enjoy our activities to the fullest. And just like at this time we tend to be more aware of our physical appearance, it is also convenient to focus on oral health. It is usual that some of our healthy habits can be compromised this season and the correct follow-up of basic oral hygiene measures. Here we show you ten tips to maintain good oral health and a beautiful smile during the summer.

1) Brush your teeth at least twice a day

Don't neglect your daily brushing routine. Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and before going to bed, although ideally after each meal. Use a medium hard toothbrush and proper technique.

2) Don't forget the dental floss

Flossing is crucial to remove food debris and bacterial plaque that accumulates between teeth. Floss at least once a day, preferably before going to sleep.

3) Limit consumption of sugary or very cold drinks

Soft drinks, fruit juices, and energy drinks contain high levels of sugar, which can increase the risk of tooth decay. Opt for healthier alternatives such as water, alone or with slices of fruit, or for infusions without sugar. Also watch the consumption of excessively cold drinks, especially if you suffer from dental sensitivity.

4) Choose a healthy diet

We tend to consume more sugary foods and drinks during the summer. However, try to limit this consumption and opt for a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. These foods are good for your teeth and help keep your smile bright.

5) Drink more water in summer

The summer heat makes us sweat more, so staying hydrated is even more important during this season. In addition to being beneficial to your overall health, water helps keep your mouth moist, which stimulates saliva production. We must not forget that saliva is a great ally against cavities, bad breath and other oral problems.

6) Control alcohol consumption

Most alcoholic beverages are acidic, which can erode our teeth and cause sensitivity, cavities, etc. In addition, alcohol consumption can cause vomiting and reflux, which also affects dental erosion and bad breath. Finally, alcoholism also increases the risk of suffering falls or violent impacts that can fracture your teeth.

7) Protect your lips from the sun in summer

Our lips are sensitive and prone to burning, so it is important to take proper care of them. Apply lipsticks with sun protection factor (SPF) to protect them from the sun's rays.

8) Use a mouth guard in sports activities

The practice of sport is more common in this season, so if you do any that may involve blows or injuries to the mouth, we recommend using a mouth guard. This device will protect your teeth and gums from possible damage.

9) Avoid using your teeth as tools

If you are on the beach or in the mountains and you need to open a bottle, bag or other object, always carry the right tool and avoid using your teeth. This type of effort can damage them and cause fractures or tooth wear.

10) Schedule a visit to the dentist

Take advantage of the free time in the summer to make a visit to the dentist. A professional cleaning and dental checkup will help you maintain good oral health and spot any problems.

Don't forget that a healthy and beautiful smile is the result of good oral hygiene and proper care. Enjoy the summer, keep a positive attitude and share it with others.
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