Healthy Summer Habits For A Better Smile

summer imageHere at Perio NYC, we understand that diet and eating habits can play a significant part in your oral health. That being said, it is important to know that some items are better than others for a healthy summer smile. Here are some suggestions for a better smile during the summer months.

6 Bad Habits To Eliminate

1) Limit fruit drinks, sports drinks, and sugary drinks. Drinks like these are usually loaded with sugar and acids that can erode the enamels on your teeth. This can increase your chances of decay or sensitivity. Try sipping on water or unsweetened ice tea instead.

2) Avoid popsicles. Because they are usually high in sugar and acids, popsicles can be very bad for your tooth enamel. Replace these with sugar free options or options that are low in sugar like Greek yogurt popsicles.

3) Stop chewing on ice. Many people end up chewing on ice at warm summer events to stay cool. We encourage patients to avoid this practice because it is dangerous for your teeth. Try sipping on some cold water or sucking on the ice instead. This will help save your fillings and prevent your teeth from chipping.

4) Eliminate tomato based products. Pastas with red sauces are certainly delicious, but the can be bad for your teeth and gums. These types of products are bad for your tooth enamel and can cause you to have pain and sensitivity. Many times the acids can also irritate oral tissues and cause mouth sores. Replace these sauces or products with dairy based ones for better oral health.

5) Cut back on cookies and sweets. With a high sugar content and low amounts of healthy ingredients, these troublesome products should be substituted with fruits and veggies.

6) Reduce alcohol intake. Alcohol can dehydrate oral tissues and change the pH balance in your mouth. This can result in reduced ability of oral tissues to heal. Cut back on these beverages for a healthier mouth.

8 Good Habits To Keep

1) Consume crunchy fruits and veggies. Try eating lots of crunchy snacks like apples, carrots, and celery. These items are great for your insides as well as the health of your smile. They will also brush away excess food particles and help increase healthy saliva in your mouth.

2) Incorporate grilled meats into your summer meals, without sauces. Sauces may taste yummy, but are usually loaded with sugar and acids. Try the wings without the sauce or use a yogurt based one as a substitute. You can also grill the meats and add a dry rub as an alternative.

3) Balance out your diet with dairy. Dairy items will help keep your teeth strong and make them more resistant to acids and tooth decay. Try string cheese, cubes of cheese or slices at your backyard parties.

4) Try a snack of white bean dip. Beans are high in fiber, which keeps you full longer and deters unhealthy food cravings. Legumes are also rich in antioxidants which can help keep your whole body full and healthier as well.

5) Add deviled eggs to your picnics. You may not know it, but the phosphorous in eggs can help you build up your tooth enamel. The mustard in the egg mixture also has both anti-inflammatory and anti-cramping ingredients. So skip the mayo and mix mustard with Greek yogurt instead for a healthier deviled egg.

6) Chew gum whenever you can’t brush. Brushing and flossing after meals is a great dental health habit. However, most of us can’t get to the bathroom to brush when we are out enjoying summer events. Keep sugar free gum available and try a piece after you eat.

7) Drink lots of water. Keeping your mouth hydrated is a very important part of keeping your mouth happy. Aim for 6-8 glasses a day and don’t forget to up that amount if you are spending time in the sun or exerting energy through exercise.

8) See your dentist during the summer months. Many of us tend to take a vacation from the dentist during the summer months. But it is critical that you do not forget to see your dentist every six months, even if it is in the summer. Your smile will benefit from your summer diligence!

Visit Perio NYC For Summer Oral Care

Don’t forget about your smile this summer. If you would like to learn more about the treatments we offer here at Perio NYC, contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Edward Gottesman or Dr. Susan Karabin. We can’t wait to help you begin your journey to a healthier smile today!

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