Summer sun brings summer fun.
While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off the usual dental routine, according to MouthHealthy.org, the ADA’s consumer website.
Here are three ways to prevent summertime tooth decay:
Stay on routine
Whether kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime or let it slide when they sleep in the morning.
No matter how eventful the upcoming months become, make sure to brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste and to floss every day. Simple things like brushing calendars can help everyone stay on track over the summer.
Say no to sugary drinks and snacks
As temperature rises, it’s common for families to sip and snack during sports tournaments, festivals or any community event.
“Watch your family’s intake of lemonade, juice and soda,” said Dr. Mary Hayes, an ADA pediatric dentist. “Consider sugary drinks treats to enjoy once in a while, and not often.”
Instead, offer water (even better if it has fluoride) to beat the heat, or milk to drink with meals.
When it comes to snacks, just snack smarter. Avoid eating snacks when you’re not hungry. Taking a break from snacking allows time for saliva to bathe the teeth and wash away leftover food.
Make your back-to-school dental visit early
Some schools require back-to-school dental visits for certain grades, and these checkups can be a good way to be sure your child’s teeth stayed health. It’s a good idea to make back-to-school dental appointments early in the summer to avoid the August rush and help insure the appointment time is convenient.
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