I’m a totally tooth obsessed, so when I received these tips from Dr. Ramin Tabib of NYC Smile Design, on how to keep our smiles at their best during the summer months, I wanted to share them with you. Enjoy!
1) Ocean vs. Pool
Chlorine, which is often used in swimming pools, can erode and weaken teeth; whereas, the ocean’s salt water decreases bacteria in the mouth providing a healthy oral environment, making ocean activities your optimal choice. If you are more often exposed to pool water, you should get a fluoride treatment or bonding treatment with a chemical coating to protect and strengthen the enamel.
2) Moderate Sun Bathing
There are many reasons why people shouldn’t lay out in the sun, but when it comes to teeth, casual and moderate sun exposure is beneficial as it increases Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential to maintain a healthy smile.
3) Refreshing Summer Snacks
Fruit is always a popular summer snack, so it is important to know which fruits are better for your teeth. Watermelon helps clean teeth and gums due to high water content, but citrus fruits like clementines and grapefruit can cause erosion. If you love citrus fruits, rinse your mouth with water after you eat to wash away the harmful acids that can weaken the enamel.
4) Maintaining Hydration
Activities in the summer heat often lead to dehydration and dry mouth, which can cause serious tooth decay. Sucking on hard candies that are artificially sweetened or chewing on sugar-free gum is ideal to help promote the production of saliva, eliminating this problem. It is also important to drink a lot of water.