This Summer, Why Not Think About Your Teeth?
When the UK is gripped with a glut of appalling weather as it is now, summer feels an awful long way away. However when it does eventually happen and we feel the sun on our faces there’s a good chance that people won’t necessarily be thinking about their dental health. However, dental experts believe that this is exactly the time that most of us should be thinking about it, as it’s been proven that many foods and drinks consumed during the summer months can often have a detrimental effect on our teeth. In fact here at Sheen Dental, we’ve been fitting dental implants in Richmond for many years and as such have seen at first hand where oral health has been ruined by the bad food and drink choices that people make.
When it gets hot, one of the first things we do is to partake in a drink to try and cool down. The problem is that more often than not it’s the wrong type of drink as many reach for the sugary fizzy kind, or those that are high in acid such as orange juice. Often many people are bored of drinking water which is why they switch. Even when they do stick to water it’s typically the bottled kind which is low in the fluoride needed to protect teeth. One piece of advice is to intersperse drinks with sips of tap water and while this may not be something that people relish, you’ll be doing your teeth a real favour.
Something else that people eat a lot of in the summer is salad. Even though you may not think that salad is harmful to your teeth, items such as tomatoes, pickles, and relishes contain both sugar and acid which can attack the enamel of you teeth. Fresh fruit too is another summer favourite. I mean who doesn’t like tucking into a big bowl of fresh fruit salad? However fruit contain natural sugars and acids which can have the same effect.
So what should you do to protect your teeth during the summer months?
Obviously this is not to suggest that all of these foods should be avoided, after all, in the main they are good for us. However they should be taken in moderation, especially if you want to look after your teeth. Try brushing in between every meal rather than just twice a day and if you are going to eat or drink something that’s high in either sugar or acid between meals, then sip some tap water with it. Finally, invest in a good quality antiseptic mouthwash. It’s been proven that in conjunction with proper brushing and flossing, mouthwash can remove up to 90% of all plaque.
If you have experienced missing or broken teeth, and are looking at dental implants in Richmond as an option, then come and talk to us. Here at Sheen Dental we offer a free, no-obligation consultation where you can meet the team and get any questions or concerns answered, enabling you to make an informed decision about your dental health. Give us a ring on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk to book yours today.