Summer is a fun time for kids, but it can lead to oral health problems that can easily be avoided. From dental emergencies to tooth decay, it’s important to ensure that your kids are caring for their teeth and gums. Make sure that your kids have healthy smiles this summer by following these tips.
Brush and Floss Daily
Kids often have less structure during summer, which can lead to them forgetting to brush and floss their teeth regularly. Some kids might also skip brushing and flossing before bed if they stay up later than usual and are more tired at night. Even kids with a busy summer schedule can have trouble remembering to take care of their teeth properly. Make sure that your kids brush and floss at least twice a day, including before they go to bed.
Get New Toothbrushes
Toothbrushes should be replaced every couple of months, since bacteria can build up on them and the bristles can wear out. Have kids pick out brand new toothbrushes for summer, and remind them to use them two or more times a day.
Book Back-to-School Cleanings
Don’t wait for the end of summer break to schedule cleanings for your kids. Book back-to-school cleanings now, and you’ll be able to avoid the rush that tends to happen in August. Keep in mind that having your kids stick to a dental care routine all summer long means that these cleanings should go smoothly.
Limit Sugary Treats and Drinks
Summer is a time when kids tend to have ice cream and other frozen treats, along with cold glasses of lemonade, soda and other sugary drinks. These foods and beverages have a high amount of sugar that can increase their risk of having tooth decay. Sugar attracts bacteria that create plaque and tartar buildup on teeth. Limiting these treats and drinks helps reduce this risk. If you’ll be at festivals and sporting events, have kids drink water to stay cool and refreshed. Drinking water instead of sugary beverages helps keep their smile healthy.
Stock Up on Healthy Snacks
Encourage kids to eat healthy during summer by providing them with nutritious snack options that are good for their teeth. Instead of sugary or starchy snacks, have carrot sticks, string cheese, nuts and other healthy snacks available.
Prevent Summer Dental Emergencies
Make sure kids wear the right sports equipment and follow all pool rules to reduce the risk of dental emergencies. Have the number for your dentist available, so you can call if there is an emergency. For dental injuries, clean the affected area and stop swelling with warm water and cold packs. You can apply gauze on the injured tooth to reduce bleeding, and try to put a knocked out tooth back in your child’s mouth if you can. If you’re unable to, then put it in milk or salt water until you get to the dentist.
If you need to schedule back-to-school dental cleanings for your kids, please contact us at Premier Dental Care today to make an appointment.