As you put on that bathing suit and head for the beach, or as you enjoy a relaxing vacation to wherever the next great adventure lies, don’t forget to treat your smile. We are bombarded with reminders of how to stay fit over the summer or get the body we’ve always wanted, but often times our smile is left behind as an afterthought. This summer take care of your smile and enhance your overall health because smiles and body health are connected.
Don’t forget the toothbrush and the floss while traveling. People travel all over during the summer months enjoying the freedom of seeing family in other states or riding the next big roller coaster, but often times the toothbrush and floss are forgotten and left behind at home. This summer don’t forget the essentials in order to keep your smile in tip-top shape.
Cut back on soda while traveling. It can be easy to consume soda during a road trip because you are up later than you normally would be. Dr. Judith Strutz states, “Among the other negative effects of soda is the fact that in only a few short minutes soda can begin to erode the enamel off of your teeth.” The enamel is the hard outer shell that protects your teeth from staining, cavities, and ultimately keeps you from losing your teeth. Instead of soda, reach for healthy more naturally caffeinated drinks.
Don’t forget the fruits and vegetables. While you may be enjoying more exotic foods or foods that are processed, intermix them with healthy fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables that are packed with water can remove food on the teeth in between brushes and also helps prevent dry mouth. “Once your mouth has become dry, it is easier for bacteria to begin to reek havoc on your smile,” says Dr.Judy Strutz.
Your smile is designed to last a lifetime, not just a summer time.