5 Essential Dental Tips for a Healthy Summer Smile

As summer approaches, it brings a delightful mix of relaxation and exciting activities. However, amidst the fun, it’s important to be mindful of potential challenges to our dental health. With tempting sweet treats and busy schedules, it’s crucial to take care of our smiles during this vibrant season.


In this article, we’ve gathered five valuable dental tips to help you maintain optimal oral health throughout the summer. Let’s dive in and make this season a time of great smiles and dental well-being!

1. Maintain a Strong Dental Hygiene Routine

To keep your teeth strong and healthy, make sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. With the warmer weather, people often consume more sugary foods and beverages, making excellent oral hygiene even more important. Consider replacing your toothbrush with a new soft-bristled one and choose toothpaste that contains fluoride to safeguard your teeth effectively.

2. Choose Tooth-Friendly Foods

While summer may tempt us with sugary indulgences like sweet tea, soda, and ice cream, these treats can harm our teeth. Instead, opt for snacks and beverages rich in calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C. Consider including items like yogurt, cheese, pineapple-kale smoothies, and sliced bell peppers with hummus or veggie dip in your summer diet.


3. Stay Hydrated with Water

Proper hydration is crucial for your overall health, including your oral hygiene. When the weather gets hot, it’s easy to become dehydrated. Remember to drink plenty of water to maintain saliva production, which helps clean your mouth by sweeping away bacteria and food particles.

4. Protect Your Teeth from Damage

Summer activities like biking, skateboarding, and surfing can put your teeth at risk of injury. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends mouthguards for children and youth participating in sports. Adults can benefit from using mouthguards too. Additionally, be mindful of habits that can damage your teeth, such as chewing on ice, using your teeth as tools, and teeth grinding. Consider speaking with a dentist about custom-fitted mouthguards if you or your child regularly engage in sports.


5. Don’t Forget to Protect Your Lips

While sunscreen is a summer essential, don’t overlook the importance of protecting your lips. Since they have less melanin, they are more vulnerable to injury. Use lip balm with SPF to keep your lips hydrated and shielded from the sun’s harmful UV radiation.

Wrapping Up

With these five essential dental tips, you can enjoy a summer filled with delightful moments while maintaining a healthy smile. By prioritizing dental hygiene, making tooth-friendly food choices, staying hydrated, protecting your teeth, and caring for your lips, you’ll ensure a season of optimal oral health. Embrace the summer with confidence and a radiant smile!


Keeping Our Patients Safe:

Under the guidance of the BC Provincial Health, the College of Dental Surgeons of BC and the BC Dental Association, we have implemented strict new clinic standards and safety measures in order to help protect our patients and staff, which include:

  • Pre-screening all patients for COVID-19 prior to accepting in-person appointments.
  • Providing hand sanitizing stations and following strict hand hygiene protocols.
  • Increasing the frequency of sanitization of high-touch areas and surfaces.
  • Limiting the number of people in the clinic at one time and practicing physical distancing protocols.

The health & safety of our patients has always been our top priority. We encourage everyone to stay safe and to follow the directions of Health Canada and your local health authorities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us! Great thanks for your understanding and support!

Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!

Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family.

Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at info@familycaredentalclinic.com to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!


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