There’s no denying it: Everyone looks forward to summer. The weather in Grand Rapids is perfect for enjoying barbecues, swimming, and many other outdoor activities. However, the same cannot always be said for our oral health. Dietary changes, coupled with increased activity, can put our teeth and gums to the test.  Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can maintain a beautiful and healthy smile this summer.

Limit Sugary Foods and Drinks

During the summer, it’s easy to consume food or beverages with a high sugar content, especially with sodas, popsicles, and ice cream being the number one ways to cool down. Try to limit your sugar intake as best you can to help decrease your chances of tooth decay, cavities, and staining. But even when you’re limiting sugary foods and drinks, make sure you’re maintaining your regular brushing and flossing routine,

Stick to Your Routine

Summer can be busy and filled with fun, but make sure to brush your teeth at least twice daily. Keeping a routine of brushing and flossing in the morning and evening will help you on your way to a healthy and beautiful smile this summer. Adding mouthwash to your routine can also add another layer of protection to your teeth to fight against plaque, bacteria, and decay.

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking water directly benefits not just your body but your teeth as well. A dry mouth promotes bacterial growth because there is less saliva to wash away plaque. By staying hydrated, you can decrease the risk of plaque buildup and wash away any residue from any sugary beverages or foods you’ve been consuming. Tap water also has fluoride added, which can help protect your teeth.

Bring Your Toothbrush On Vacation

It’s easy to overlook your toothbrush when you’re traveling, but make it a priority to pack in your carry-on so you have it no matter where you are. And make sure to put it in your suitcase as dry as possible so no bacteria grow while it’s in your luggage. There are lots of different toothbrush storage options you can find. When you get to your destination, place it upright in a dry place.

If you’re going on a plane, your toothpaste can only be 3.4 ounces or less. You can either take a travel size or buy your toothpaste and mouthwash once you reach your destination.

Schedule Your Regular Check-ups

Scheduling regular dental check-ups with your dentist is as important during the summer as it is any other time of the year. Having your teeth checked and cleaned every six months is crucial to maintaining your dental health. You can also come in before your big summer vacation for a check-up. Your vacation is the last place you want to have a dental emergency. By coming in before, Dr. Ludwig and our team can make sure everything is healthy and reduce the chances of a problem occurring while you’re relaxing on the beach.

Schedule An Appointment

Regardless of the season, regular dental check-ups play a crucial role in maintaining oral health. At Life-Centered Dentistry, Dr. John Ludwig and his team offer the best in dental and oral care to ensure perfect oral health this summer. To book an appointment today, call our Grand Rapids, MI office at (616) 453-3111 or use our online contact form. We look forward to helping you maintain your beautiful smile!