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Summer Fun and Your Dental Health

Warmer weather means BBQ season and fun with family and friends. Getting outside and being more active is on many summer to-do lists. The Placerville Dental Group has a few tips to maintain your dental health through the summer and beyond.

Healthy Summer Eating

With all the graduation parties and summer events, it’s easy to forget good dental habits. Eating the right foods is important for your teeth and gums. Standard party fare — chips, cake, ice cream, lemonade or soft drinks — should be enjoyed in moderation because too much of a “good thing” increases cavity risk. If you’re throwing a party, the food can be delicious and healthy at the same time.

  • Serve crunchy veggies and fruits like carrots, apples and celery. They act like natural toothbrushes and promote healthy saliva production to keep oral bacteria under control.
  • Say yes to cheese! Dairy products like cheese are low in sugar and high in phosphorus and calcium to strengthen tooth enamel. Cheese also helps fight tooth decay by raising the pH levels inside your mouth.
  • Choose crushed ice, not cubed. Some people get satisfaction from chewing on ice, but doing so increases the chances of broken teeth! Chewing on ice cubes is bad for teeth and damages the enamel. Save cubed ice for the ice chest and crushed ice for your drinks.

Plan Ahead and Save Time

Summer is just around the corner and the next school year seems a long way off. But “time flies when you’re having fun!” Plan now and contact the Placerville Dental Group to schedule your family’s dental cleanings and exams before the school schedule begins! If you or your child has been thinking about tooth whitening or orthodontic treatment, such as braces or Invisalign, now is a good time to schedule an appointment. Call us to arrange your summer time dentistry and keep those smiles going bright!

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