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Do I really need a professional dental cleaning this summer?

June 18, 2023
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With the summer season in its prime, it’s the perfect moment to begin organizing all the exciting activities and adventures that come with the warmer weather. While you may be focused on making plans for vacations and outdoor events, it’s essential not to forget about your oral health. Summer is the perfect time to prioritize your dental health by scheduling a professional cleaning with your dentist.


Schedule a dental cleaning this summer!

Routine dental cleanings are essential for upkeeping optimal oral hygiene.

Despite appropriate brushing and flossing methods, plaque and tartar can potentially build up on your teeth over time. This buildup can lead to

dental issues such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, and unpleasant oral odor. A professional cleaning can remove this buildup and prevent these issues from developing.

But why should you specifically prioritize dental cleanings during the summer months? For one, many people indulge in sugary drinks and snacks during the summer, which can increase the risk of tooth decay. Having a dental cleaning can help remove any buildup from these sugary treats and prevent damage to your teeth.

Additionally, summer is a time when many people are more active and participate in sports and outdoor activities. These activities can increase the risk of dental injuries, such as chipped or broken teeth. By having a professional cleaning, your dentist can also examine for indications of damage or deterioration impacting your teeth and address any issues before they become more severe.

Aside from the benefits of a professional dental cleaning, you can take several other steps to maintain good oral hygiene during the summer months.


Here are some additional summer oral hygiene tips:

  1. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Not only does water help flush out bacteria and reduce the risk of dry mouth, but it additionally serves as an excellent method to stay cool and revitalized during the hot summer months.
  2. Limit your intake of sweet or sugary and acidic foods and beverages. Instead, opt for healthier fresh fruits and vegetables that help promote good oral health.
  3. Wear a mouthguard while engaging in sports to protect your teeth from injury. No matter how old you are, mouthguards are an important piece of gear for athletes. Mouthguards can help prevent costly dental injuries. Regardless of whether you are not a professional athlete but still participate in sports, water activities, and other recreational activities, a mouth guard will help protect your smile.
  4. Brush your teeth, once in the AM and once in the PM. It is also essential to floss daily. This should be a year-round habit, but it’s especially important during the summer when we tend to indulge in more sugary treats and beverages.
  5. Visit your dentist for routine check-ups, cleanings and fillings. Regular dental check-ups are essential for catching any dental issues early on and preventing them from becoming more severe.


Fun facts:

Did you know that the summer season presents an excellent opportunity to explore local markets and pick up fresh fruits and vegetables that promote excellent oral health? Some of the best options include strawberries, watermelon, and leafy greens like spinach and kale.

Did you know chewing sugar-free gum after meals can help prevent tooth decay by stimulating saliva production?


In conclusion, a professional dental cleaning is essential for maintaining good oral health, especially during the summer season. By following these oral hygiene tips and visiting your dentist, you can enjoy a healthy and happy smile all year round. Don’t let your dental health fall by the wayside during the summer months – make it a priority and schedule your next dental cleaning today!



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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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