Summer is right around the corner and you may not know this, but that means your oral health could be at risk. With more free time on your hands and a much more carefree outlook on life, you could be one foolish accident or one over-indulgent sugar binge away from a dental disaster. If that should happen don’t fret, your Ameriplan dental insurance has you covered. But most people don’t like dealing with a dental emergency no matter how good their discount dental plans are, so we’ve compiled some of our favorite tips to keep your oral health in tip top shape this summer:
Try to remember your teeth have a very specific purpose. When you spend your days outdoors playing and/or relaxing in the sunshine you may not always bring sharp tools to open tough packaging or super secure bottles. Many people think that their teeth can double as package openers but—and we cannot stress this enough—you should NEVER use your teeth for anything other than chewing your food. Just trust us on this one and save yourself a trip to the cosmetic dentist.
The sun is shining bright and all you can think about is popsicles and ice cream. Soundfamiliar? Well you’re just asking for cavities, loss of tooth enamel and/or plaque buildup if you spend your whole summer over-indulging in all those cold, sweet treats. It is fine to treat yourself every once in a while, just don’t forget to brush after.
Finally, it is VERY important to stay hydrated all summer long. You may already know that staying hydrated protects your skin and gum tissue, but did you know that it can also stave off tooth decay? Staying hydrated, whether it’s a summer or a winter month, has a plethora of health benefits worthy of their very own blog entry. Suffice it to say, you should probably consider carrying a water bottle around with you wherever you go this summer and beyond.
So have fun this summer but always keep your health in mind. And remember that Ameriplan is here for you.