Summertime is full of fun, especially for families. Vacations and breaks from school and work can all be a great way to spend your summer, but the lack of routine can actually negatively impact your child’s dental health. Routines are extremely important for kids to maintain healthy flossing and brushing habits. Not only do routines get broken up during the summer, but summer diets can also negatively impact your kid’s teeth. With all this in mind it important to consider a few ways you can protect your kid’s teeth during the summer. Here are a few tips to consider.
The first mistake that is often made, is that children do not pack their toiletries when they go on vacation. Even if it is just an overnight trip or a camping trip, your kids should bring their toothbrushes and floss. Otherwise, this can break their habit of daily brushing and flossing. Owning a travel pack with a collapsible toothbrush, small floss container, and travel-sized toothpaste is an easy way to make packing convenient for your kids.
For kids, a lot of dental emergencies happen in the summer. Extended time outside can mean more games and adventures. And although those can be fun, kid’s sometimes hurt their teeth when playing outdoor sports, riding bikes, or enjoying other outdoor activities. Knowing how to handle dental emergencies is important for every parent. If your child has a dental emergency, make sure to take them to a nearby dentist to help handle the damage. Always encourage your kids to wear helmets when they ride bikes, skateboards, or rollerskates.
Summer is no stranger to unhealthy snacks. Ice cream, candy, and other sweets are very common during the summer. And although it is fine for your kids to enjoy those snacks, it is important to make sure your kids also have access to healthy snacks. Encourage your kids to not eat any sweets after they brush their teeth at night, and to always take care of their teeth after eating sugary foods. When you go on vacation, pack healthy snacks like fruits and trail mix for your kids to enjoy.
The end of the summer is the time for kids to get a lot done before school goes back in session. Buying new clothing, doctor’s visits, getting school supplies, and finishing up those summer homework assignments are all important aspects of August. It is also the best time to schedule a dental appointment for your son or daughter. If you live in the Chicago area, All Star Dental is the perfect place to bring your kids for back to school dental cleanings. Contact us to learn more about our services.