Ways to Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy This SummerMay 23, 2023 8:15 am
There’s a lot to enjoy in the summertime, from picnics in the park and parties at the pool to barbecues in the backyard and vacations with loved ones. But the break from school, schedule changes, and all the fun activities going on can make it harder for kids to maintain good dental habits that protect their smile. Here are some ways to help keep your child’s teeth healthy this summer.
- Set Some Sort of Routine
- Get a Sports Mouthguard
- Take It Easy with Sugary Treats
- Drink More Water
- Maintain Regular Dental Visits
Chances are that if your kid isn’t headed to school, they aren’t going to be waking up as early. You might sleep in too if you don’t need to get to work by a certain time. But even if your family’s mornings and bedtimes are all shifted later than usual, it’s still important to establish some kind of routine. A mostly predictable schedule will make it easier for your child to continue brushing twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing at least once a day.
Does your child’s summer involve participation in some sports camps? If so, get them a custom mouthguard to shield their teeth from possible trauma while they play. A dental injury could occur if they fall, collide with another athlete, or get hit by the sports equipment. A custom mouthguard will offer a more comfortable fit and better protection than a one-size-fits-all or boil-and-bite option from a drugstore or sporting goods store.
Kids often spend more time lounging about at home or on vacation during the summer. Don’t let this time become a free-for-all with sugary snacks! Encourage your child to consume treats in moderation and avoid grazing on high-carb foods like crackers, potato chips, and pretzels. Have a supply of healthy snacks on hand, such as veggies and hummus, fruit cups in 100% juice, cheese sticks, high-protein yogurt, and nuts.
It’s important for your child to stay hydrated, especially when they are playing outside and it’s hot. Remind your child to regularly drink water or milk instead of juice, sports drinks, and soda, which contain sugar that would otherwise increase their risk of cavities.
Children and adults should get cleanings and checkups at the dentist every 6 months, unless their dentist recommends more frequent visits to address existing dental disease. In conjunction with other good oral habits, routine visits will help keep your child’s smile healthy and strong. Contact Safari Children’s Dentistry & Braces today to schedule your child’s next appointment!