The kids are almost out of school and summer is here. When you think of summer, the beach, cookouts, and warm weather probably come to mind. Oral health is likely one of the last things you think of when you think about summer, but it shouldn’t be! With the kids home all day and not on a routine schedule, it is often easy to forget about oral hygiene. Luckily, we’ve got a few tips to keep you and your kids on track.
1. Keep up your routine.
With summer often comes camps, vacations, and days by the pool, but don’t let this distract your kids from keeping the same oral hygiene routine they did during the school year. Be sure to remind them that brushing twice a day and flossing is just as important now as it was during school. You may have to stay on top of them more about brushing and flossing since they aren’t on a regular schedule.
2. Buy healthy snacks.
Now that the kids are home all day, you can’t rely on the school to have healthy options available. That’s your job! Be sure to have washed fruits and vegetables ready to grab and encourage the kids to stay away from cookies and candy. Limit the sodas and replace those with bottled water for hot summer days.
3. Spring cleaning
The term “spring cleaning” doesn’t only refer to cleaning the house, but your toothbrushes as well! The beginning of summer is a great time to say out with the old and in with the new. Throwing out the old toothbrushes and buying new ones can help keep your oral health on track. It would also be a great time to buy travel-sized toothbrushes and toothpaste since summer means vacation and traveling for many.
4. Pool time
Did you know swimming pools can effect your teeth? Studies have shown that people who spend more than 6 hours each week in a pool are more likely to have discolored front teeth. This is because the chemicals in the pool breakdown proteins and saliva, which leaves a brownish stain on your teeth. Fortunately, going to the dentist for regular cleanings can prevent this.
5. Be prepared
Summer is often a very active time for children. Be prepared for dental emergencies, and take preventative measures. Follow all rules of the pool to prevent slipping and falling, wear a mouth guard when participating in contact sports, and carry a first aid kit when traveling.
All of these tips will help you and your family have a safe, healthy summer. For any questions or comments, feel free to contact us today.