Dr. Karen’s 6 Summer Oral Health Tips, Featured on KUSI News

CEO and Dental Director Dr. Karen speaking with KUSI Logan Byrnes, July 10, 2019

Dr. Karen was featured on KUSI News sharing 6 oral health tips for maintaining a bright and healthy smile this summer.

Unfortunately, poor dental health is a silent epidemic among Americans. In fact, more than 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. have untreated tooth decay, and nearly half of adults aged 30 years or older show signs of gum disease.

While doctors widely acknowledge that oral health is a window into your overall body health, dental care is often overlooked and under-covered by insurance. In order to save you from oral discomfort while enjoying your summer Dr. Karen’s 6 summer tips to

  1. Stay on routine – Summer is full of fun activities and distractions. Be certain to continue your daily brushing and flossing and maintain your dentist appointments as scheduled.
  2. Drink water – Keep your mouth moist by drinking water throughout the day. This helps wash away plaque-causing bacteria and can even improve your breath. Plus, you will be hydrated for the hot summer days.
  3. Skip the bubbles – Say “no” to carbonated drinks as the acid in carbonated drinks can wear down your enamel.
  4. Limit sugar intake – No matter the age, we all look forward to the sweet treats that come along with the summer season. It’s no secret that sugar can do serious damage to teeth, causing cavities and terrible toothaches. Keep fresh fruits and vegetables on hand instead.
  5. Have a dental emergency kit handy – Pack an emergency dental care kit to take with you on vacation. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, many of the summer oral injuries dentists treat are due to a pool accident. Essentials for this kit, according to the AGD, are a handkerchief, gauze, a small container with a lid, ibuprofen and your dentist’s contact information.
  6. And most importantly, it’s summer so have fun!