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June 15, 2011
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Maintaining a Healthy Summer Smile: Tips to Keep Your Oral Health in Good Standing

 

 During this season of summer celebrations, Dr. Dean would like to remind patients to keep a serious health issue top-of-mind: the importance of maintaining good oral health care habits.

Between barbeques and amusement park fare, summertime eating can be synonymous with sugary, sticky foods and drinks, which can contribute to tooth decay if patients don't practice good oral care.  During the summer patients are out and about more and it is not always easy to brush after each meal.   It is important that patients maintain their oral health at home as well as getting regular care -both are essential to help prevent dental problems.

Since enjoying the occasional s'more or other sweet snack is part of the American tradition, Dr. Dean reminds patients to brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, which helps remove food and plaque. You should also floss to remove plaque between teeth and below the gum line where your toothbrush can't reach.

If you're not able to brush your teeth immediately after consuming a sugary food or drink, rinse your mouth with water to help wash it away.

Another tip is to minimize snacking, which creates a constant supply of acid in the mouth. Avoid constant sipping of sugary drinks or frequent sucking on candy and mints. In addition to soda, other beverages that may be high in sugar are certain juices and sports drinks -- check the label to see how much sugar you're drinking. 

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