School is out and it is time to have some fun in the sun! In order to keep your children’s teeth in good health while they enjoy the beautiful weather, be sure to follow these important steps.
1. Stay on top of their oral hygiene.
Once school is out and your kids are free to enjoy their summer, it can be easy to fall out of a normal dental hygiene routine. This is why its so important, now more than ever, to make sure they are brushing and flossing regularly. By reminding them to brush at least twice a day and floss each night, you can help them to prevent tooth decay and gingivitis. This is important even for small children that still have their baby teeth, as these teeth impact the health and development of their permanent ones down the road.
2. Schedule a check-up.
The last thing you want is to have your child suffering from a toothache in the middle of your summer vacation. That’s why we recommend that you book them for an appointment right away after school has been let out for summer. At Countryside Dental, we’ll do a thorough exam and take x-rays to ensure their current and developing teeth are all in good health. We’ll also provide a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, allowing them to start the summer off with a fresh new smile.
3. Keep healthy snacks in the refrigerator.
It’s summer: the time for popsicles, ice cream, and sugary sports drinks. While indulging in sweets every once in a while is understandable (just be sure to brush afterwards!), be sure they don’t over do it. The plaque on your child’s teeth feeds on the sugar in food. After they process this sugar, they excrete acids onto your child’s dental enamel, causing decay. To prevent this, try stocking your refrigerator with healthy snack options—including lots of fruits and vegetables. This will help to protect their teeth, as well as their overall health!
4. Buy new toothbrushes.
According to the American Dental Association, it is important to change your toothbrush every three to four months. Otherwise, your child’s toothbrush may not be removing plaque and debris as effectively as possible. Therefore, be certain to throw a new toothbrush into your shopping cart when buying new school supplies!
5. Help to prevent dental emergencies.
Summer is the perfect time for swimming, riding bikes, and playing outside. In order to prevent dental emergencies, be sure they’re wearing all of their protective gear—such as athletic mouth guards—while playing sports. Also, many injuries to the teeth occur on the slippery floor surrounding the pool, so be sure your kids don’t run on the cement! Should any incident occur, quickly apply an ice pack to the effected area. If a permanent tooth has been knocked out, place it back in the mouth if possible, or store it in a bag of milk or salt water if not. Then, pay a visit to Countryside Dental as quickly as possible!
Ready to schedule your child’s dental check-up? Call Countryside Dental today!