In the summer months, many of us make an effort to get in shape, but have you spared a thought for your teeth? Many of the summer treats we love to indulge in are actually very damaging to our teeth and gums.
Elleven Dental’s Dr Sameer Patel has revealed some of the worst offenders and offered the public some tips to help them keep dental dramas at bay this summer. Drinking is a good place to start, as many of the summer staples spell disaster for our teeth. Tropical cocktails are packed with sugary mixers and acidic juices that weaken the enamel coating. If you are drinking cocktails, use a straw, drink water between sips and try to resist eating any fresh fruit adornments.
Many of us like to cool down with an ice cream in the heat. While ice cream contains calcium, which is good for your teeth and bones, it also tends to have high sugar content, especially when you add sauce and sprinkles. Try and make sure you eat ice cream directly after a meal and gargle with water afterwards. This helps to reduce acidity in the mouth and protect your enamel. On the subject of cooling down, iced frappuccinos are another favourite to try and avoid. Dr Patel warned consumers about the sugar content, which can be up to double the recommended daily allowance in some instances.
The advice from experts like Dr Patel is to bear your teeth in mind when you’re choosing summer snacks and beverages. If you are treating yourself to something sweet, avoid eating or drinking between meals and wait an hour to brush your teeth. Use a straw when you drink and always wash your mouth out with water after eating or drinking anything sugary or acidic.
From seeing the spooky forceps and needles to even smelling dental compounds, 5-8% of patients refuse to seek dental care all together and 20% of patients will only go to the dentist when necessary.
I think I have odontophobia. What can I do to prevent panic during visits?
Easier said than done - practice positive self-talk! Tell yourself “YOU CAN DO IT!”
Make sure to remind yourself “everything WILL be okay.” Your dentist is a professional and is someone you can trust.
Don’t be nervous - speak up to your dentist. Let him/her know when you’re having a rough time. Listening to your concerns face-to-face helps both sides - you and your dentist. Your dentist can help make an ideal and reasonable commitment that makes you feel comfortable because dental health is SO important! Knowledge is power!
Download your favorite podcast, album, or playlist before heading to the office. Distract your thoughts and link the experience to something you ENJOY.
Don’t forget headphones! Your dentist will not be upset if you put your headphones in to distract your thoughts.
Take deep breaths! Think about pleasant experiences in your life to stay calm.
Here at Fabulous Smiles, we have a therapy dog named Bailey that will ease any panic you might have.
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