The best way to take care of your teeth this summer, according to Spanish specialists

He General Council of Dentists has made a series of recommendations so that oral health does not worsen during the summer season, since the arrival of the holidays implies a change in people's usual routine: schedules disappear, they spend many hours away from home, eating habits are modified and oral hygiene is usually relaxed.

First of all, they urge drink a lot of water to counteract the loss of fluids that occurs due to sweating, as well as to eat healthy. "A healthy diet is based on the consumo of fruits, vegetables, legumes, fish and olive oil, avoiding copious and processed meals. Likewise, alcohol intake should be minimized and tobacco avoided, "they point out.

In this regard, they urge do not abuse carbonated drinks, since "its high sugar content damages the teeth, so it is necessary to try to reduce its consumption". "In addition, most are acidic and can damage tooth enamel," they insist.

In the same way, they urge to have caution with sport. "During vacations, more exercise is usually practiced outdoors, that is why it is when more dental trauma occurs. In the case of children, they increase about 30%. For this reason, it is recommended to use a mouth guard while practicing contact sports. In case of dental fracture, the tooth must be kept in saline solution, water or milk, and a dentist must be called immediately to be able to carry out the most appropriate treatment ", they detail.

The fundamental advice is to take care of oral hygiene. "Although it is more complicated by the change in routine, you need to brush your teeth at least 2 times a day (for 2 minutes each time) with fluoride paste and use floss or interdental brush at night. It should be noted that, due to the current health situation, it is essential to take care of the toothbrush: wash your hands well before and after use, clean it, disinfect it with a mouthwash, rinse and dry it, keep it protected in its cap, never share it, keep it away from the toilet (to avoid possible contamination) and not store it with other brushes ", they argue.

When it is not possible to brush your teeth, remember that sugarless gum with xylitol can be chewed for 20 minutesAs it produces saliva and helps cleaning, but never replaces brushing. You also have to be careful with chlorine because it alters the pH of the mouth, favoring the demineralization of the teeth. "In the case of swimming professionally or spending many hours in the pool, the dentist may indicate the use of a specific mouthwash, in addition to brushing the teeth with fluoride paste", they advise.