Dentists are always happy to share advice on oral health habits, and summer is no exception. Parents and children should always remember the importance of oral health. Below are a few handy tips from our state neighbors at the Georgia Dental Association. For patient resources in North Carolina, visit NC Dental Society: For The Public.

Ice: do not chew

If you are tempted to chew on ice during the hot summer months, you may want to think twice. Chewing on ice can leave your teeth vulnerable to a dental emergency. It can also damage enamel, the hard surface of your tooth. Place ice cubes in your drink to cool off instead.

Water: choose it first

When you sip sugary drinks for long periods of time, plaque bacteria use the sugar to produce acids. The acids attack tooth enamel. Most carbonated soft drinks, including diet soda, are acidic and therefore, bad for your teeth. Caffeinated beverages can also dry out your mouth. Remember to drink a cup of water with each soda or juice drink.

Oral health: remember it

Your vacation schedule might have you eating out more frequently or staying up late? Remember to maintain oral health. Always brush at least twice per day and floss before bedtime. This is especially important if you enjoy sticky snacks and sweet treats while having fun on your vacation.

Travel: what happens if you forget

It is easy to forget something when packing for vacation. Do not push your oral health aside because you forgot something. If you happen to forget a toothbrush or floss, you should not need to go far for help. Most hotel front desks have extra dental care products available for free. This is especially helpful if your vacation spot is far from a store.

Kids and students: visit the dentist

Make the most of the kids’ time away from school. Schedule their dental appointments with a pediatric dentist. Every family member requires a teeth cleaning and checkup twice per year. The summer months are a great time to get your children into the office. The dentist will check for any developing issues and remind your child about the importance of ongoing oral care.

Summer is also a great time for college students to visit their family dentist. Scheduling an appointment during the summer means that their next appointment will fall during winter break, when they are likely to be home again.

Good oral health and regular visits to a dentist will help prevent problems from occurring and can catch any issues early.

About the Georgia Dental Association: the premier source of oral health information in Georgia. GDA is based in Atlanta. This article is based on their summer press release (thanks, neighbors).

About the North Carolina Dental Society: Headquartered in Cary, the North Carolina Dental Society is a part of the American Dental Association and all NCDS members are also members of the ADA. You can visit their dental health FAQ for more mouth-healthy information.