Our team from Kids Smiles Pediatric Dentistry hopes that you and your children have an excellent Summer and a relaxing and fun vacation from school. Although there are no obligations to get their homework done, the kids still have a responsibility to maintaining good oral habits and their dental health. We came up with five tips to a healthy Summer smile.
- Keep Dental Routines
Brushing and flossing are just as important on the kids' Summer vacation, so be sure to encourage them to keep up with the good work. Dr. Frank Sierra adds, "Falling asleep without the nightly routine is tempting, especially while watching a good movie, so make sure the household takes care of their teeth before the fun of the day brings restful sleep."
- Eat Wisely
Vacations and even days out at the beach or park bring less opportunity to control both young and old diets. Trips to the ice cream shop, Summer soda, and many other tempting treats; including sweet fruit juices can become an issue if not accompanied with regular brushing and flossing. Dr. Brandon Larkin suggests, "Packing healthy snacks, water, and meals when possible can help offset the fast-food, impulsive choices that are much easier to find when not at home."
- Visit the Dentist
If you plan to be away from home for a vacation with the kids, and their dental check-ups are due; consider making and keeping appointments for them before the trip. Contact our most convenient office to schedule around your busy summer plans. It's never fun to run into dental trouble when you are away from home.
- Prepare an Oral Health Travel Kit
Purchasing travel-sized toothbrushes, floss, and carrying cases for each family member is something that you want to add to your packing and shopping list.
- Protect Your Toothbrush
When travelling with your family toothbrushes, be sure to keep them covered, but not covered when still moist. A closed cover on a wet toothbrush can cause bacteria to thrive.
We hope these tips inspire and remind you that Summer has extra challenges, but just as many reasons to care for your children's teeth.