Monday, 21 May 2012

Summer Tips For Teeth Care

Summer Tips For Teeth Care has been featured in the Femina issue dated 30 May, 2012!

See a snapshot of the article below this month's blog update

Bat for your teeth this summer
Summer sports and outdoor games may lead to broken teeth. A forceful blow can even cause a tooth to pop out of its socket!

Play safe: wear a mouth-guard
Your dentist can give you a protective mouth-guard. This will protect your teeth. If you break a tooth, rinse to clean the area, place a cold compress and call your dentist. If your tooth falls out, do not clean it. Immediately place it in milk or hold it under your tongue. Rush to your dentist! You may be able to have the tooth replaced in its socket.

Don’t drown your teeth
Swimming pool water is rich in chemicals used for disinfection. This can be very damaging to your teeth. Prolonged exposure to  pool water can even lead to hard brown deposits on teeth. This is known as “swimmer’s calculus”.

Let your teeth breathe
After swimming, rinse your mouth with mouthwash or atleast clean drinking water. 

Soft drinks are hard on teeth

Summer heralds the onslaught of tooth stripping colas. Sports drinks and energy drinks too have a high concentration of acids and cause dental damage. Excessive citrus content is acidic and will wear down tooth enamel. 

Protect your teeth
Have fizzy drinks with meals as saliva production increases and neutralizes acids.  Do not swish acidic beverages in your mouth. Sip with a straw to minimize enamel loss. Rinse your mouth after having sugary drinks. Hydration is important so consume lots of water, especially after meals.

Floss after candy-floss

Sugary snacks like ice-cream and candy-floss stick to teeth and lead to tooth decay.

Fiber is like detergent
Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Pears, lettuce and carrots are detergent foods and clean away sticky food particles. Avoid snacking between meals, but if you do, chew sugarless gum. It will help clear some of the debris stuck in your teeth. Brush twice a day with a soft brush and fluoridated toothpaste. Floss daily too!

In Femina issue, 30 May 2012:

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