With the great weather and opportunity for travel, dental hygiene is usually far from people’s minds once summer rolls around. Summer is actually an important time to pay close attention to your oral health habits, such as sugary foods and drinks, which tend to be the go-to choice to satisfy hunger and thirst. To avoid scheduling an emergency visit to your periodontist in Harrisonburg and Winchester, VA, here are three easy ways to keep your mouth healthy this summer.  

 1. Stay Hydrated  


Summers are generally hot, and by the time you start to feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. Dehydration not only leads to a lack of energy, but it can cause bad breath. Water, like saliva, is important to help clean your mouth of food particles and buildup. Make it your drink of choice this summer to not only maintain a healthy mouth, but a healthy body as well.  

2. Maintain Good Brushing Habits

 
It’s easy to let some habits slip over the summer while you’re on vacation, but it’s still imperative that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss. You can also invest in some mouth wash and a tongue scraper to make sure you’re cleaning your mouth, to the best of your ability every day, especially if you are eating sugary drinks and foods.  

 3. Limit Sugar Consumption  


 Sugars are direct causes of cavities and other dental problems. It’s difficult to avoid sugar entirely, but you can limit your consumption by steering clear of sodas, candies, and processed foods. You can also opt for sugar substitutes when sweetening drinks or food.  

 Don’t Forget a Checkup  


 Summer is also a great time to schedule a visit to your periodontist in Harrisonburg and Winchester, VA. If you have any problems with tooth or gum sensitivity, a receding gum line, or other periodontal issues, a periodontist may be able to help. Call Drs. Saunders and Dickson at 540-907-4060 (Harrisonburg) or 540-427-6142 (Winchester) for more information on protecting your teeth over the summer or to schedule an appointment.