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Fourth of July Dental Tips

Happy 4th of July!!July 4 Dental Tips

Independence Day is coming up and we know that many of you will be celebrating this 4th of July holiday by enjoying cookouts, fireworks, and fun. While you’re celebrating it’s easy to engage in some not-so-tooth-friendly activities, especially with all the sugar-laden foods and drinks that are eaten on this summer holiday. We here, at Paul A. Griffin, DDS, want you to enjoy this July 4th, and make sure you keep your mouth healthy, so here are some dental tips to keep your teeth safe while celebrating.

Eat Healthy

We know July 4th is a time for barbecues and brews, but try to fit in some fruits and vegetables, too. A balanced diet will not only help your waistline, it will help your teeth as well. When you eat sugary foods (which by the way, BBQ sauce is loaded with sugar), the decay-causing bacteria inside your mouth multiply. They feed on sugar to form plaque on your teeth. If the plaque isn’t removed, it can cause cavities. If you do eat a lot of sugary stuff, remember to brush your teeth afterward. At the very least, rinse with water immediately to remove as much food particles and sugar as possible.

Water, Water, Water

Texas is HOT, especially in July! And, those hot July days can really make you sweat, so don’t forget to hydrate. Replenish those lost fluids with water instead of sodas, sports drinks and beer. The sugar and acids in those beverages can really do a number on your teeth, yes even beer has sugar in it! Water helps neutralize those acids and keep saliva levels high. Saliva contains proteins and minerals that act against the acids that harm your enamel. So, instead of sipping on sugary drinks all day, grab that water bottle and drink up!

Chew Sugarless Gum

With all that yummy food at 4th of July celebrations, daylong snacking is going to happen. Snacking can be bad for your teeth because you’re not brushing between snacks, because, who honestly brings their toothbrush along for the party? To keep your teeth clean without a toothbrush, try chewing sugar-free gum. It will help remove food particles and stimulate saliva production. Sugar-free gum with xylitol is the best choice, because studies have shown xylitol interferes with the production of bacteria in your mouth.

Do Not Use Your Teeth as Tools

Remember teeth are jewels not tools! So, don’t be using your teeth to open that soda or beer bottle, for goodness sake! You could break a tooth, which can be a very painful problem for you and your wallet.

 

Dr. Griffin and his team, would like to wish all of our patients, friends, and family, a fun, safe, and Happy Fourth of July! And, we look forward to seeing you at your next visit.

The office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 but if you need us, please don’t hesitate to call us at 972-242-2155. We will return your call when we get back in the office on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. And as always, you can use the “Ask Dr. Griffin” form at the top of this page.

Summer Vacation Dental Tips

Ahhh…..Summer Vacation Dental Tips

Summer is finally here!

For most of us, that means school is out and vacations are in full swing. Summer vacations are an opportunity to getaway and relax, but be sure not to let your dental hygiene routine take a vacation while you are on vacation!

Here are a few tips to keep your teeth healthy during this vacation season, and don’t forget to visit Dr. Griffin this summer!

Brush, brush, brush

Brushing twice a day and flossing daily is as important in the summer as it is in any other season. It’s a good idea to brush after meals and snacks, especially sweets. We know keeping up with your regular oral hygiene routine can be tough with vacations and traveling, as well as lots of days spent at the pool, so if you can’t brush your teeth, at least give your mouth a few swishes of water to help rinse away food until it’s possible to brush.

Don’t forget to floss

It’s always important to floss, but when what you’re eating is likely to get stuck between your teeth – like ribs and corn on the cob at a weekend barbecue – it’s especially important to get rid of any food particles that are stuck between teeth. Even if you aren’t able to brush your teeth after meals and snacks, it’s easy to carry along some dental floss with you so you can at least clean between your teeth after eating.

Take it easy

This tip doesn’t mean you should relax when it comes to oral hygiene, rather it means that you should try to limit how often you eat. We know you’re probably not going to avoid the delicious foods associated with summer altogether, but try to limit how often you eat them. So rather than snacking all day long while out at a street fair, try to limit the number of times you pop something into your mouth, even if you’re not going to limit how much you consume.

Water is your friend

Texas is HOT – everyone knows that. We often get caught up in fun summer activities and forget to drink adequate water. Not only is water the best way to hydrate on a hot summer day, it’s also a friend to your teeth. Drinking water instead of sugary drinks (yes, even sports drinks have loads of sugar!) is better for your teeth because it does not provide a breeding ground for bacteria to thrive. Just a few sips of water swished around your mouth can help rid your teeth of some of the particles that eating leaves behind. Water helps keep your mouth clean and healthy by rinsing away food and boosting saliva levels in your mouth. Saliva, which is actually 95% water, contains protein and minerals that fight acid and defend your teeth against tooth decay. So, instead of sipping on soda all day, grab that water bottle and drink up!

We know summertime is a busy time but it’s still important time to keep your regular cleaning appointments with Dr. Griffin. Be sure to take time out from all the fun and relaxation to make your next appointment. It is sure to keep you smiling all summer long!

For more information about keeping your teeth healthy this summer, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Griffin, please call us at 972-242-2155. Or, you can use the “Ask Dr. Griffin” form at the top of this page.