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Summer Oral Health Survey Results

We all know our eating habits change throughout the year. In the winter, we tend to gravitate towards heavier meals and more decadent desserts during the holidays. In the summer, we have an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and tend to eat lighter. But did you know that our oral health changes with our dietary habits, too?

A recent survey by the group DentaVox talked to 615 people and aimed to see just how different our summer dental habits are during the summer months. The results may surprise you!

More Sugary Drinks

One of the most surprising findings of the Dentavox survey was that people actually admit to drinking more sugar during the summer than other times of the year. Sugary sodas, sports drinks, fruit juices and smoothies are the usual suspects, and they can be very dangerous for your teeth if you aren’t brushing regularly.

More Brushing

Another finding of the survey is that most people (60%) take better care of their teeth during the summer months, which is great news, especially if they’re upping their sugar intake. The important thing to remember about summer oral health care is that just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you’re on vacation from caring for your teeth!

More Fruits and Vegetables

Another great thing about summer is the access to fresh fruits and vegetables that grow during these hotter months. Fruits and vegetables are great for the body, and for the teeth. Just remember you still need to brush after eating them, just like any other food!

More Sweet Foods

During the summer, respondents reported an increased amount of sugary foods. Foods like Ice cream, saltwater taffy, and gooey s’mores are all popular summer foods, but they’re all bad for your teeth, meaning if you do consume these or other sweets you need to take extra care of your oral health after consuming them.

The Bottom Line

Though summer does tend to change our eating habits, the good news is that it doesn’t have to be a problem. You can still indulge in your favorite drinks and boardwalk treats, just remember to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time, floss at least once a day, and try to alternate sweets and sweet beverages with sips of water.

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