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Taking care of your teeth can sometimes take a backseat during the summer months. Fortunately, it’s not hard to get back on track. Here are a few tips to help you take care of your teeth this summer.

Maintain a Schedule

A lot can happen when you are enjoying summertime. You have to resist the temptation of skipping the routine and stay on your schedule. If you feel that the activities are overwhelming, set a reminder every few hours to brush your teeth. If you have kids with you, maintain a healthy routine of brushing your teeth as a family when you wake up and before you sleep. Once it becomes a habit, it won’t be easy to forget. Also, carry your floss everywhere so that you can remember to floss after you eat. Don’t let events overwhelm you such that you forget when to brush. You can even create a brushing calendar and hold each other accountable while you enjoy the summer to keep on track.

Avoid Sugary Foods

During the summer, you will find yourself eating a lot of snacks and indulging in drinks. While it is not wrong to have an occasional soda to beat the heat, it is essential to monitor your family’s intake during this time. A study shows that 92% of adults have had cavities at least once in their lives. To avoid these cavities, keep sugary foods at bay. Consider these treats and take them sparingly. Children will be mainly affected but encourage them to take a break from snacking to give their teeth a break. To manage your cravings, opt for eating complete meals together to avoid snacking from time to time.

Schedule Dental Checkups

Once you are done with the summertime activities, schedule a dental appointment when you are back. A check-up is an excellent way to keep your teeth healthy and ensure you do not develop any problems while enjoying your vacation. Unfortunately, it is estimated that in every five Americans, one has not visited a dentist recently. You do not want to be part of these statistics, so ensure you get checked regularly. Your child’s school could also organize a back-to-school dental visit every time they open to make sure their teeth stayed healthy while they were out of school. It is also important to get insurance if an accident happens. According to the Kansas Division of Workers’ Compensation, an average of 400,000 occupational injuries and illnesses are reported in a year. Anything can happen in the summertime, so make sure you are covered to keep the health costs low.

Stay Hydrated

Although water is not a substitute for brushing your teeth, it is a great way to wash away any sugars from drinks or foods while you are on the go. Drinking fluoride water also helps in strengthening the enamel while staying hydrated. Keep a bottle of water with you everywhere you go to wash down any sugary foods or drinks until you can brush your teeth.

Maintaining your oral health is important no matter what time of year it is. Don’t forget to take care of your dental health over the summer!