Use healthy foods and sunshine as natural oral health aides

As busy as we tend to be during the summer, paying attention to routine healthy habits such as oral health is something that shouldn’t take a vacation. You may be happy to learn that any time you’re able to spend in the sunshine can benefit your oral health.

Our bodies and teeth need vitamin D as a key nutrient because of its role in helping us absorb phosphorus and calcium. We need both of those elements in order to maintain optimal health, including strong bones and teeth.

The sun’s rays and the cholesterol in our skin work together in generating the energy needed for synthesizing vitamin D. The moral of the story is to get at least a little bit of sunshine despite the heat and humidity we deal with in the Naples area. The sun is good for the body as well as the mind.

Here are some more ways to keep your teeth in shape

Make a point to stay hydrated, especially if spend much time outside. If you drink what you think is a lot of water and still don’t feel the need to go to the bathroom, this likely is a sign that you are dehydrated. Our body’s cells and systems depend on us having enough water on board for optimal function.

Try to stay away from sugary drinks and alcohol, as they can dehydrate your body more than you benefit from the liquid. Also, chewing ice cubes can cause damage to your dental work and potentially even the enamel on your teeth.

Pack your shopping cart with fresh fruits and vegetables. Carrots are a great healthy snack, doubling as nature’s toothbrush when you’re on the go. Dried fruits contain sugar and tend to stick to your teeth, promoting tooth decay.

And a final thought, make sure to keep your regular dental appointment. It gives Dr. Dennis Lucas and his team the opportunity to catch potential issues before they develop into something more significant.

About Dr. Dennis Lucas – Naples, Florida, dentist

Dr. Dennis Lucas performs cosmetic and restorative dental techniques, as well as traditional preventive dental services for patients in and around Naples, Florida. His combination of expertise, supported by the latest in dental technology and a holistic approach to care, ensures oral health plays a role in his patients’ total healthcare picture. Call (239) 262-5851 to schedule an appointment.