5 Tips for Protecting Your Teeth This Summer

School is out, and kids are ready to break free of their usual routines! Unfortunately, this includes taking care of their teeth. Summer is often the time when young children let their oral care deteriorate the most, they forget to brush and be cautious of diet, and can often run into hazards while on vacation or playing sports. However, warm weather should not mean a lack of care. Here are five helpful tips for patients of Wired Orthodontics to make sure your teeth stay bright and beautiful this summer.

  1. Watch your sugar intake. Ice cream, soda and popsicles are all summer barbecue favorites. However, Dr. Nalbandian reminds patients that too much sugar leads to cavities and even plaque buildup. Moderation is key, and to best avoid damage, brush your teeth after each time you eat something sweet.
  2. Teeth are for chewing and smiling, not handiwork. Wired Orthodontics has seen many examples of fractures and breaks from people using their teeth as a tool. Next time you need to open a package or bottle, turn to your hands, not your teeth!
  3. Straws may help limit acid damage. Many people do not realize just how much acids are in common foods. Many sodas and fruit juices are highly acidic and will cause damage to your teeth. Wired Orthodontics recommends this tiny tip, which seems silly but can be largely beneficial in the long run: When drinking something acidic, use a straw! This limits contact with the surfaces of the teeth and prevents some damage.
  4. Be especially careful when playing sports. At summer camps or sporting events, many players get very involved in the game and forget to pay close attention to their teeth. Injuries often occur during contact sports, but can also occur during swimming, biking, and many other summertime favorites as well. To be safe, wear a mouth guard, especially if you have braces. Contact Wired Orthodontics to find out how to select one that is right for you. Additionally, if you run into any problems or emergencies do not hesitate to see Dr. Nalbandian.
  5. Keep up with regular visits to Wired Orthodontics. While your routine is changing don’t forget to keep your appointment schedule the same. Wired Orthodontics will be able to check up on you frequently and address any issues that may have come up during the summer.

For more information, contact our Toronto, ON office at (647) 344-9473 or visit us online today.

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