Your kids are probably excited about all the special activities they’ll get to do this summer. Going to the pool, outdoor grilling and family trips beat school any day! But while they might enjoy their vacation, there are some routines that are too important to ever take a break from, and this is especially true for oral hygiene. Dental emergencies can happen any time of the year, but here are some ways you can help your children protect their teeth at home for the next three months.
Be Wary of Summer Treats
Summer is a time where both kids and adults tend to eat more sugary treats such as candy and soda. These can be okay on occasion, but you should keep an eye on how much sugar your child is consuming, especially right before bed. Try looking for sugar-free or low-sugar snacks as an alternative; some berries, for example, could be a good option for kids looking for something sweet.
Buy New Toothbrushes
The American Dental Association recommends replacing toothbrushes every three or four months, so the beginning of the season would be a perfect time to do so. Letting your child pick a toothbrush they like – whether because it’s their favorite color or because it has a character they like on it – can help them be more enthusiastic about brushing.
Create Some Structure
Even without a strict schedule, having some form of routine can make it easier for children to remember to take care of their teeth. One idea is to set a list of tasks that they’ll need to complete before going outside; brushing could be mixed with other tasks such as making the bed. This way, they can learn to perform these tasks habitually instead of being made to stick to a strict schedule.
Schedule Dental Visits Now
The break from school can make it easier to schedule a trip to the dentist, and children who are more relaxed during their vacation may have a more positive experience during their appointment. Additionally, it’s a good opportunity for more extensive dental treatments that require a few days of recovery time afterwards, such as tooth extractions.
Teaching good dental habits, such as daily brushing and making regular trips to the dentist in Lynchburg, is especially important while your kids are still young as it makes it more likely that they’ll continue these behaviors into adulthood. Be vigilant about maintaining good oral hygiene, and always seek treatment for dental problems such as cavities as soon as possible.
About the Author
Dr. James M. Peery Jr. has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years and is proud to work alongside his son, Dr. James M. Peery III. In the past, he has served as the President of the Lynchburg Dental Society. He offers many kinds of preventive care for children including fluoride treatments and sealants. To schedule an appointment, visit his practice’s website or call (434) 847-5331.