As you may have noticed, we are typically ready with oral health tips for just about any scenario imaginable. Inviting guests over? We have tips for their smiles. Preparing for an upcoming wedding? We have tips. Getting ready to enjoy a long, fun summer – we have suggestions for that too, and just in time! Remember that whether you’re staying in town or setting your sights of traveling this summer, making some simple choices can have a huge impact on the health of your smile.
Tip: Pack Important Products
Your important oral health products might be as simple as your favorite toothpaste, a toothbrush, and dental floss. Or, you may have a sleep apnea appliance, a bruxism mouth guard, a TMJ night guard, or otherwise. Whatever combination of products makes up your daily hygiene, remember to pack them if you travel. Otherwise, you may find yourself in a frustrating situation when it’s time to brush, floss, and treat any existing issues.
Tip: Limit The Sunny Citrus
Yes, citrus is delicious and oh so summery. It can even feel quite healthy to gulp down a tall glass of lemonade or orange juice. However, if you’re drinking something full of sugar, full of lemon, full or orange, or even full of artificial sweetener, you’re not doing your oral health any favors. The acids and sugars encourage the development of cavities, so skip it and reach for water as often as possible.
Tip: Protect Your Lips
Yep, your lips need protection from the sun, too. UV rays can cause skin cancer on any skin tissue, including your lips, so purchase some balm that includes sunscreen. It will keep this delicate tissue safe and hydrated.