Avoid Summer Dental Emergencies With These Teeth Tips

Summer is the season of candid photos, family vacations and day trips to your favorite locales. Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne wants you to enjoy all the fun this time of year has to offer. Before heading out of town, however, be sure that you are up-to-date on your latest dental checkup and maintaining good oral hygiene. Also, bear in mind that some common habits for cooling down, such as eating ice, can cause serious issues to your teeth. Learn more from the following post:

While blenders and ice crushers are perfect for crunching ice cubes, teeth are not.

Many people habitually chew on ice, especially during the summer months. That’s when dentists’ offices are crowded with patients suffering from gum injuries and broken teeth. The American Dental Association says avoiding chewing ice is a simple way to avoid tooth injuries.

For refreshment, instead of crushing big chunks of ice with the teeth, dentists recommend letting ice slivers melt in the mouth like candy. Dentists also recommend baby carrots or apple chunks to ice chewers who are seeking a crunch.

But anyone who has a persistent ice-chewing habit and finds it difficult to stop should let his or her dentist know. Craving and chewing ice is often associated with iron deficiency anemia. Read more from Colgate

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Proactive Snacking Can Give You Plenty of Reasons To Smile

Making the decision to monitor your summer snacks and beverages can help ensure that you don’t suffer any dental emergencies while on vacation. In addition to keeping your waistline intact, being wise about your treat choices can keep your smile healthy and fresh. Smoothies are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth in a cool and rehydrating way. If you enjoy hard candies, consider sugar-free options rather than the usual sticky standbys to get you through your craving. Read more below:

Dried Fruit Seems Like a Healthy Choice But…

When it comes to picking healthy snacks, many people put dried fruit at the top of the list. But many dried fruits are sticky. Sticky foods can damage your teeth since they tend to stay on the teeth longer than other types of food. If you find yourself eating dried fruits or trail mix often, make sure to rinse with water after and to brush and floss carefully. Mouth Healthy discusses other foods to be vigilant with this summer.

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Avoid Sticky Candies For A Healthy Smile

Enjoying extra treats is common during the summer holidays. Visitors may bring yummy goodies to share and we often stock up on snacks for travelling. Be sure to monitor your sugar intake and never go to bed without brushing, flossing and swishing. Items like licorice, gummy bears and toffee-based candies are best enjoyed in minute amounts. Read more below:

The stickier the candy, the worse it tends to be for your teeth. Extra-chewy candies — like taffy, caramels, or Jujyfruits — stick to (and between) teeth for a long time, allowing the bacteria in our mouths to feast leisurely on the deposited sugar. “Bacteria burns sugar to make acid, which dissolves the protective layer of tooth enamel and causes cavities,” Messina explains.

Candies that are chewy, sugary, and acidic — a category that includes many “sour” varieties — deliver a “triple whammy of negatives,” Messina adds, because they carry their own payload of erosive acid, in addition to that produced by the interaction of sugar and bacteria. Get more great info from Health

We Look Forward To Your Next Checkup

One of the best things you can do for your smile is maintain regularly scheduled dental appointments with us. If you’re going on an out-of-town trip, call us as soon as your plans are made to schedule a visit with our caring and experienced dental team. You’ll want to have your oral care on point prior to heading out.

If it has been a while since you’ve had a complete dental exam, contact Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne today to schedule a visit with Dr. Harrell. He is recognized as one of the city’s top dentists year-after-year by Charlotte magazine. Call Adult Dentistry now at 704-541-9888 or use the contact form on our website to make an appointment.

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