In the heat of the summer, there’s nothing better than cooling off with a nice, frozen treat or getting lost in a great book. Whatever brings you joy in the sunshine this summer, we hope it keeps you smiling.

At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we want you to know that, although this summer is a little different in Scotia, NY and throughout the country, there are still plenty of opportunities to have fun. From National Ice Cream Month to finding your new favorite book, here’s how to elevate your summer while still prioritizing orthodontics.

National Ice Cream Month

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? In 1984, Senator Walter Dee Huddleston of Kentucky introduced a resolution to designate the month of July as National Ice Cream Month. Later that year, President Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law and also declared that the third Sunday of the month would be National Ice Cream Day.

The tradition carries on today, and since July is the peak of summer, there’s no better time to enjoy some delicious ice cream with your family!

The Art of Homemade Ice Cream

You might be wondering: What’s a great way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month, especially when you have braces? Making homemade ice cream is an excellent option for all ages!

Believe it or not, making homemade ice cream is easy to do and only requires a few ingredients. Not only is it a delicious activity, but it’s also a great way to have fun together as a family. If you’re not sure where to start, try this simple ice cream recipe.

Ice Cream & Orthodontics Safety

Whether making or enjoying ice cream, it’s important to keep your teeth in mind. While ice cream is a safe food to eat with braces, you should always be conscious of toppings and extra ingredients.

Nuts, candy pieces, and other added items may be hard or sticky, and therefore dangerous for those with braces. Hard or sticky foods can get stuck between braces and be difficult to remove. When eating ice cream, always avoid such toppings and flavors so you don’t need to worry about any potential issues with braces.

After eating ice cream, it’s always a good idea to brush your teeth. Not only will it help to remove the sugar from your teeth, it will also keep your mouth and braces clean and healthy!

Summer Reading

There’s nothing better than laying out in the sun with a good book. No matter what kind of books you like, summer is the perfect time to dig in to your favorites or discover something new.

At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we’re proud to encourage our patients’ summer reading habits with our “Give a Book, Take a Book” basket. Discover your new favorite book or add to our collection and help someone else find their next great read. Whatever you choose, we hope you’ll keep reading and smiling this summer.

Orthodontics & Good Practices This Summer

Whether you’re enjoying ice cream, reading, or exploring other activities, we hope you and your family are having fun this summer. At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we’re dedicated to providing tips and activities for orthodontic care all summer long. Be sure to come back to our blog for more summer ideas!

For more information on orthodontics or to schedule your next appointment, get in touch with us today!