I’ve always felt sorry for any person named Debbie. Why? Well the expression “I hate to be a Debbie Downer” is often used when we want to talk about a topic that no one really wants to discuss. It’s the first thing that came to mind when I sat down to write this blog. After all, who wants to attach anything negative to the enjoyment of the occasional summertime beverage? Our topic today is geared to the adults in the audience and while we hope not to be a “DD” – we will address what to consider when you consider indulging!
For many of us, we are lucky enough to enjoy a little downtime in the summer; perhaps with family and friends on the back porch on a Friday night, while spending time with a friend in their backyard pool or even with a little vacation R&R at a resort, cottage or campground. This kind of downtime might involve an alcoholic beverage or two. If it does, please remember these two golden rules: All things in moderation and Brush or Flush!
As with anything in life, whether Sangria, sunshine or steak, moderation is the key and if you enjoy a summer drink now and again you likely have little to worry about in terms of your teeth, gums and smile. However, alcohol DOES contain sugars and acids and in the case of red wine – the ability to really stain your teeth. Because of this, regardless of where you are, we recommend a brush or flush approach. Simply put, brushing your teeth after every such outing is preferred to help lift and remove possible stains, acids and sugars. If that simply isn’t possible, FLUSH your mouth with plenty of water. After all, it’s always a good idea to drink lots of water in the summer and to do so particularly when you are imbibing! Even if you’re in the middle of the wilderness and don’t have easy access to a sink and toothbrush – a good flush with water is better than no flush at all.
It’s really that easy. Your teeth are valuable commodities but so is your vacation downtime. You might not want to spend a lot of time thinking about brushing and flossing and rinsing with mouthwash. As a Dentist, I will never suggest you toss your good routines out the window in the summer but I am realistic. Teeth, like sunscreen, occasionally get forgotten. Just don’t forget for so long that you “get burned” and suffer consequences like a cavity or worse. Brush or Flush and when you think of the initials “DD” – think Designated Driver instead! Have a safe and happy summer and drive safely too. Remember, as always, we invite you to call or visit us anytime and remind you ”don’t forget to be a BFF with your mouth and Brush that SMILE!”