We’re smack dab in the middle of summer, but we’ve still got quite a few long hot weeks to go. What are you looking forward to during July and August? We hope lots of fun and maybe some sun — and as your dentist in Midtown East, the Drs. Boyd also want to make sure you’re taking the steps to safeguard your smile from oral health hazards that can crop up this time of year. To help, we’ve put together a list of the top 7 tips for summertime smiles!
#1: Start with a Checkup and Cleaning
The best way to protect yourself from coming down with a surprise toothache or other issue is by getting routine dental care, like a six-month checkup and cleaning. Have you visited the Drs. Boyd for your preventive care lately? If you’re taking off for a vacation, you may not think you have time to visit the dentist — but it couldn’t be more important. That way you know you won’t wake up at 2 a.m. in paradise with a toothache!
#2: Pack Wisely
It’s easy to leave something off the list when you’re filling your suitcase for a week away at the beach, and all too often it’s the toothbrush, paste, or dental floss that gets left behind. To help make sure you can keep up with proper dental hygiene all the way throughout your vacation, prepare a packing list and don’t leave until you’ve checked off each and every item. And if you use an electric toothbrush, don’t forget to pack that charger, too!
#3: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Water is crucial during the hot summer months, and drinking plenty of H2O while you’re on vacation will also help to prevent dry mouth and wash away the food particles and bacteria that would love to make a home between your teeth and in your gums. Pack a reusable water bottle to help you remember to sip throughout the day.
If you are abroad, you may want to stick to drinking bottled water — and that can mean you’re receiving less fluoride than you normally do by drinking fluoridated tap water at home. If so, make doubly sure that you’re brushing your teeth with a toothpaste that contains the mineral. Adding a fluoride mouth rinse may not be a bad idea, either.
#5: Fight Oral Cancer
The leading causes of oral cancer are tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, and sun exposure. Prevent the disease by wearing sunscreen, covering up your lips with an SPF lip balm, and limiting your indulgences while you’re away from home.
#6: Protect Your Smile
If you or your child are active in a summer league, that’s great — there’s nothing better than an evening out on the field or at the ballpark. But make sure you’re protecting those teeth with a customized mouthguard! Sports injuries are the number one cause of dental emergencies, so it’s a wise investment.
#7: Be Prepared
Whether you’re packing up to go somewhere else for the summer or you’re looking forward to a staycation at home, emergencies can strike anyone at any time. Make sure you know what to do if one happens to you! You can always call us for prompt advice in a dental emergency at our after-hours emergency number (212) 774-1485.
Come See Us This Month!
Summertime is a great time to visit the dentist — when was your last trip to the Drs. Boyd? We want to see your smile shine during July and August. Request an appointment today!