8 Healthy Summer Smile Tips

Summer is officially in full swing. With the excitement of sunny days and warm nights, most of us are going to be smiling a lot. After all, who doesn’t love the summer months, right?

But hang on, flashing your smile confidently may require you to take some tips into consideration.

Dental rules still apply whether you’re still a child, teenager, or even an adult.

Suppose you want to have a perfectly white smile during the summer months. In that case, we suggest you consider these simple and easy-to-follow tips.

This article will quickly go through eight essential tips to keep your summer smile as perfect as possible!

Tip 1- Summer treats

For most people, summer means sweet treats. Yes, we’re talking about popsicles, candies, frozen treats, sweet fruits, or even sweet teas and beverages. Did you know these things can harm your teeth or even lead to discoloration?

If you’re indulging in sweet treats, you can either cut down on the quantity or can follow a rigid dental cleaning schedule. What does this mean? It’s simple! Make it a point to brush every morning and night, especially if you consume caffeinated beverages or soft drinks, which can lead to teeth discoloration.

Also, chewing on ice treats, such as popsicles, is terrible for your teeth. We know how tempting chewing on ice or flavored popsicles can be. However, these can chip your tooth one at a time. Instead, drinking cold water might be a better choice. Add fresh fruit and herbs to flavor your H2O. 

Tip 2- Summer activities

What does summer remind you of? For so many people, summer means game time and outdoor activities. Just be careful if you’re playing contact sports during summer.

Sometimes, it can be unfortunate, and you might be at the receiving end of the ball. Your teeth will surely not be thankful to you if you don’t wear a mouthguard. Protect your teeth with a mouthguard to safeguard your summer smile this summer!

Tip 3- Stay hydrated

Dental health and water go hand-in-hand. Staying hydrated is not only beneficial for your general wellbeing, but your dental health will also benefit you a lot.

Staying hydrated allows for saliva production. Why does this matter, you ask? Saliva helps prevent the build-up of plague. And let’s be honest, no one wants these pesky yellowish build-ups on their teeth.

So the solution? Remember to consume a lot of water during summer.

Tip 4- Protect your lips

Most people focus on their teeth when they smile. However, your lips are equally important.

Exposure to the sun during summer can affect your lips. Sunburn can cause discoloration, excessive dryness, and sensitivity.

Remember to use a lip balm with SPF (Sun Protection Formula). Lips are easy to damage since they lack melanin. But there’s nothing a good lip balm with SPF cannot prevent or fix.

Tip 5 – Summer snacks

The most important piece of advice that dentists can give is to watch what you put in your mouth!

Summer means it’s time for all the sweet and sugary treats! While you can still eat them, it’s better to limit them. Instead, change up your selection of goodies.

It is pretty tempting and easy to binge on chocolate bars, popsicles, candies, or sweet treats in general. However, your teeth will not be thankful to you if you continue this habit.

According to dental health experts, healthy snacks, including fresh vegetables and fruits, are advisable.

You can also try detergent foods. These are crisp, firm foods like carrots, popcorn, lettuce, celery sticks, or even apples. Such food freshens your breath and cleans your teeth as you eat them, which is a bonus!

Tip 6- Visit the dentist and schedule a dental cleaning

It’s easy to forget about your dental health during the summer months, especially when everything is fun and games. But, skipping a dental health appointment can lead to severe consequences.

Part of your summer plans should include a scheduled visit with your dentist at least once or twice during the summer months. They’ll help you check for plaque build-up, tooth decay, or other signs that may affect your summer smile.

Tip 7- Skip Carbonated Beverages

If there is one thing that dental health experts stress, it is to skip carbonated beverages. Why? Because they contain acid that’s bad for your enamel.

Indulging in such beverages can slowly lead to teeth discoloration and tooth decay. And honestly speaking, no one wants that.

You can try other alternatives. For example, making fresh fruit juice at home is ideal for quenching your summer thirst. And the good news is, you’ll be protecting your teeth.

Tip 8- Use Fun Straws

This final tip might seem confusing, right? What does a straw have to do with a dental cleaning and overall dental health? Well, it’s simple.

For many of us, it is borderline impossible to cut out caffeinated beverages or carbonated drinks completely. So, if you find yourself reaching for fizzy and artificially coloured drinks, remember to use a straw.

Using a straw reduces your teeth’s contact with the beverage. Straws are also a fun, great way to encourage young ones and even adults to maintain hydration levels. 

Dental health, hygiene, and cleaning are vital. No matter the season, you need to look out for your teeth if you want to have the perfect smile.

But summer requires an extra effort because of all the sweet and cold things you crave for.

If you wish to flash the perfect summer smile, remember to take note of the tips listed above. Contact Torbram Dental today for more information. 

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Simrit has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She started her career with Assisting/Treatment co-ordinating and then moved on to becoming the Hygiene Co Ordinator in 2005. In 2012 she took on a new role as the Marketing Director. Though she loved being the Marketing Director, in 2015 she became the Office Manager of Torbram Dental. She completed her Level 1 Dental Assisting program with Career Canada in 1996 and then went on to complete her Level II Dental Assisting Diploma with Southwestern Medix in 1999. That is when she received NDAEB Certification. Simrit has been and still is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association since 2000. She enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband and two kids and loves to explore new restaurants, especially high-tea venues.

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Jessica, one of our receptionists, is one of the smiling faces you see when you arrive at the office. She graduated with honours from Medix College with a diploma as a Level 2 Dental Assistant. When she is not happily helping our patients, Jessica enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, going to church on Sunday mornings, gardening and going on hikes.

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Naudia has been working at Torbram Dental for many years and is a valued member of our administrative team: as a dental receptionist and in our marketing team . She graduated from Everest College with honours level 1 and 2, with a diploma in Dental Assisting. Naudia is always there for our patients, making sure that they receive the care and attention they deserve. When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and indulging in civil court TV shows.

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Ramandeep has been a part of Torbram Dental for the past 10 years as certified dental assistant. She obtained her level 1 certification from Everest college in Brampton in 2013, and then her level 2 certification in 2014 from Medix college. Her career path through the clinic has been recognized by staff at all levels who admire her work ethic and dedication to million dollar smiles. In her spare time, Ramandeep enjoys cooking and gardening, and spending time with her husband and 2 kids.

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Sana is a valued member of our dental hygiene team. In 2008 she completed her education at George Brown in Dental Assisting and in 2016 she earned her diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Sciences. Sana has been working in dentistry since 2008 and enjoys taking care of our patients and helping them with their oral health. She is married and is busy with her 2 young children. In her spare time, Sana enjoys going out with the family, trying out new places to eat and is looking forward to travelling with them in the future.

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Sanaria has been working at Torbram Dental for many years as a valued member of our Dental Assisting Team. She completed her level 2 dental assisting certification and previously obtained a degree in Education and worked as a quality control officer in the pharmaceutical industry. When not at work Sanaria loves to bake and cook. She also loves story time and enjoying the outdoors with her children. She always sees the positive side of life, believes that nothing is impossible and that if you set a goal and work at it, that you will make your dreams come true.

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Carrie has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She graduated from George Brown College in 1998 with a Dental Assistant Diploma and continued to further her education by completing a Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2001 at Durham College. Carrie is a highly trained and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist who continues to learn and grow by updating her knowledge to provide her clients with the best Oral Health Care techniques and information. Carrie is passionate about Dentistry and is known for her gentle and compassionate manner. She feels strongly about building lasting relationships and trust with her clients to help them understand that good Oral Health leads to good Overall Health. Carrie enjoys travelling, dabbling in decorating and a good Netflix series in her time off. Carrie resides in Halton Hills with her husband and two children.

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Daniela's interest in Dentistry began in Gr.6 when she wrote a speech entitled "My Life as a Toothbrush".
A Registered Dental Hygienist with 22 years of clinical experience, Daniela still has a great passion for her career. The most rewarding aspect for her is building lasting relationships with her patients, and seeing them through to a healthier smile.
Her thorough yet gentle touch will ensure a comfortable visit every time.
Daniela is a total Foodie and loves to cook and enjoys all types of cuisines. She loves Florida, Cruises, organizing things, and most of all spending time with family and friends.

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Stephanie Enjoys getting to know all new patients at Torbram Dental and catching up with long standing Patients. Stephanie enjoys spending quality time with her family. One of her favorite things to do with her daughter is teach and play the piano. Stephanie likes going on walks with her husband and enjoys spending as much time with him as he is an Active Member of the Canadian Army. On Sundays, Stephanie enjoys going to Church and looks forward to Sunday Dinner with her entire family. Stephanie's Favorite thing to do to start her day right is head to her local Starbucks and Grab her favorite drink, an iced black tea with light lemonade on warm days and a blonde vanilla latte on those cold winter days.

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As a dedicated Dental Hygienist at Torbram Dental, Aalisha brings recent knowledge and experience to ensure the best oral health for our patients. She holds a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries and has further enriched her education with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo. Beyond her professional qualifications, Aalisha has a zest for life that extends beyond the dental chair. She cherishes quality time with family and friends, thrives on outdoor adventures, and has a passion for hiking and water-based activities, especially during the sunny summer days. She is an avid traveler, exploring tropical paradises and historic destinations while immersing herself in diverse cultures and indulging in delicious culinary experiences."

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Supreet was born and raised in Punjab, India and came to Canada in 2016. She graduated from Sheridan College as an Environmental Lab Technician but later decided to change her career to dentistry. She completed her Level I and II Intra-Oral Dental Assisting course from George Brown College and graduated in 2023. In July 2023, Supreet joined the team at Torbram Dental where she enjoys working. In her free time, she loves to read books.

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