From boat tours to beach yoga and other fun summer events, Newburyport has a lot to look forward to this month. But we hope that while you and your loved ones are out enjoying the longer evenings and fun summer vibe, you don’t forget about another important thing — your dental hygiene. As the routine changes and sweet summer treats abound, it can be easy to let oral health suffer during June, July, and August. It’s especially important for children to remember the basics of dental hygiene this time of year. Your dentist in Newburyport is here to help! Below are the basics for keeping a strong, healthy smile during this beautiful Massachusetts summer.
#1: Brush like you know you should
Most people remember that we should brush our teeth for two minutes, after each meal or at least twice a day. Unfortunately, too many adults and children do not reach the full two minute mark every single time. Brush gently, in small, circular motions, cleaning each quadrant for 30 seconds. Set the stopwatch on your smartphone until you’re used to what two minutes feels like. Or, even better, celebrate Christmas in July by treating yourself to an electric toothbrush that comes with an automatic timer.
#2: And don’t skip the floss
No matter how well you brush, there are some areas you just can’t reach. Dental floss is important for removing the food particles and bacteria your toothbrush leaves behind, and its regular use prevents gum disease and freshens breath. Having trouble remembering to floss? Trigger the habit by placing the dental floss somewhere you are sure to see it at night, like beside your toothbrush or on your nightstand. Tell yourself that your dental hygiene routine isn’t complete until you’ve used it — half the battle is just believing you will floss.
#3: Rinse after sweet treats
Popsicles, ice cream, and other cold, sweet treats are a crucial part of a good summer. But these same items also put smiles at a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Children are especially vulnerable to these issues throughout the summer. To prevent cavities, remember to rinse the mouth with water after consuming sugary snacks and treats. Or, even better, brush teeth after snacking for a full clean.
#4: Chew sugar-free gum
Popping a piece of sugar-free gum into the mouth after meals and throughout the day does more than just freshen your breath. By stimulating saliva flow, the action actually helps to clean your teeth, too. Pop a pack of sugar-free gum into your beach bag and relax knowing you’re protecting your smile.
#5: Get a summertime checkup and cleaning
Preventive dental care is the foundation of a smile that stays healthy for a lifetime. When was your family’s last visit to the dentist? If it’s been more than six months, it’s past time. Glide through summer knowing your teeth are as healthy as can be by scheduling a checkup and teeth cleaning in Newburyport. Contact our office to schedule your visit today!