Summer is fun but dealing with a toothache can be a drag.
Poor dental health is a silent epidemic among San Diegans. Americans. In fact, more than 1 in 4 adults in this country have untreated tooth decay, and nearly half adults aged 30 years or older show signs of gum disease.
While doctors widely acknowledge that oral health is a window into your overall body health, dental care is often overlooked and under-covered by insurance.
That’s why Dr. Karen Becerra, CEO and Dental Director of the nonprofit Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center, would like to offer up 6 summer tips for kids and adults of all ages on how they can have a blast this summer, all while keeping their oral health top of mind:
- Stay on routine – Summer is full of fun activities and distractions. Be certain to continue your daily brushing and flossing and maintain your dentist appointments as scheduled.
- Drink water – Keep your mouth moist by drinking water throughout the day. This helps wash away plague-causing bacteria and can even improve your breath. Plus, you will be hydrated for the hot summer days.
- Skip the bubbles – Say “no” to carbonated drinks as the acid in carbonated drinks can wear down your enamel.
- Limit sugar intake – No matter the age, we all look forward to the sweet treats that come along with the summer season. It’s no secret that sugar can do serious damage to teeth, causing cavities and terrible toothaches. Keep fresh fruits and vegetables on hand instead.
- Have a dental emergency kit handy – Pack an emergency dental care kit to take along for vacation. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, many of the summer oral injuries dentists treat are due to a pool accident. Essentials for this kit, according to the AGD, are a handkerchief, gauze, a small container with a lid, ibuprofen and your dentist’s contact information.
- And most importantly, it’s the summer so have fun!