Summertime is one of the best times of year in our area. The weather warms up and we look forward to a few weeks, or even a few days off to head to the coast, or to Grandmas, or to a tropical location accessible only by plane. If you’ve ever hit the open road or flown the skies over the States, you know that the experience can be exhilarating at some points, and frustrating at others. You’ll be happy to know that there are simple ways to add a little freshness and health to every summertime outing.
Summertime Smile Care Tips
- Feed yourself well. Isn’t it amazing how the average vacation leads us into the land of fast food and sweets? Most of us have a hard time sticking to our healthy habits when away from home. This doesn’t have to be a problem. It just takes a little planning. Before hitting the road, build a good food list and pack what you can. Include fresh fruits and vegetables with a nice crunch. This is not only satisfying on a sensory level, but those crunchy slices of apple also clean your teeth! Want an extra-delicious treat? Serve a bowl of fresh strawberries with stevia or whipped cream. The malic acid in this fruit is said to brighten up those pearly whites.
- Wash your teeth. Of course, you know you need to maintain your brushing habits on vacation. What you may not do as often as you need is drink water. Becoming dehydrated is bad for the whole body. When the mouth is dry, it becomes more acidic. Residue from foods and other beverages sticks around, and that can mean erosion, cavities, and inflammation. Keep a water bottle handy and sip often.
- Remember the point! Interestingly enough, some people have a hard time slowing down even when on vacation. Chronic stress or tension can lead us to grind teeth or clench the jaw, and this can create dysfunction in the muscles and joints. Vacation is a time to leave it all behind for a bit. Do that. Your mind, body, and soul will thank you!
Summertime isn’t only a great time to explore; it’s also a convenient time to see the dentist. To schedule a checkup and cleaning at New Smiles in Sherwood, call (503) 925-9595.