Ah, summertime in St. Petersburg. What an amazing thing to experience! There’s no shortage of live music, seasonal brew, cookouts, beach parties, and the like. While we hope you have had plenty of reasons to smile thus far, we don’t want you to have so much fun that you forget about your ongoing oral health needs, which should always be top of mind. To that end, our office has assembled some guidelines for keeping your mouth clean and your smile looking great all through the season. So, keep reading, and then be sure to follow up with our team to schedule your next preventive or cosmetic dental appointment with Dr. Spilman!
Maximize Water Consumption
You don’t have to be a dentist to know that drinking water is a great idea in general. But not everyone realizes that it can help keep your breath fresh by allowing you to produce enough saliva to eradicate the bad-breath-causing bacteria. Any water with fluoride is even better! This summer, stay hydrated!
Minimize Intake Of Sugary Snacks
A cold can of soda pop or sugary snack (especially a tasty treat from Old Farmer’s Creamery) can be appealing in the summer, especially when you are on the beach, hanging by the pool, or out on the road. But such choices won’t be good for you in the long run because all that sugar will feed the bacteria that brings about tooth decay. If you don’t want to get fillings in the Fall, be mindful of your sugar intake now!
Brush Then Repeat
Sure, your routine may have relaxed a bit, but you should still be brushing your teeth for 2 minutes or more, at least twice each day. This will keep cavities and gum disease at bay, among other things.
Floss Every Day
To go after the plaque and tartar that remains between your teeth and in other hard to see areas, after brushing, dental floss is your best bet. Do it once a day, every day.
Rinse With A Fluoride Mouthwash
This is a great way to boost your home hygiene routine. There are fluoride mouthwashes available at any drugstore that can bring added oral health benefits. Just be sure to check the labels for age-appropriateness if you have kids in the house.
Visit Jeffery A. Spilman Often
Our professional teeth cleanings we can eradicate any bacteria, tartar, or plaque that is waiting to cause more pain and expense for you. Beyond that, our complete oral exams will give you a better idea of what is going on in your mouth at any given time. Early detection and treatment is always the easiest path.
FYI: we also offer additional preventive treatments. For example, we can provide fluoride treatments and dental sealants for patients of any age. Such measures can cut down your future likelihood of cavities, and worse.
Get Started Today!
We have all the tools, training, and technology to keep you smiling through every stage of life. Contact us now to schedule your next appointment at our St. Petersburg, FL dentist’s office.