School’s out for the summer! Although there may not be books and homework, there are still activities and a different kind of routine. Sometimes that new routine can make someone forget to brush and floss their teeth. Too many “oops, I forgot” moments can quickly lead to undesirable dental surprises. Follow these tips from a family dentist in Washington and your summer will be filled with healthy and happy smiles this summer.
Buy a New Toothbrush and Toothpaste
The start of summer is the perfect time to take your kids to the store to pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste. They may be more interested in brushing their teeth with a toothbrush that they were able to select. And as long as the toothpaste they choose has the American Dental Association’s seal of approval, any flavor will do.
Make a New Routine
Your summer schedule should be more relaxed than the one you follow during the rest of the year. Nevertheless, kids seem to do better when they have some degree of structure.
For example, some parents give children a list of chores that must be accomplished at the start of the day—make their beds, brush their teeth, fold their laundry and empty the dishwasher. See how brushing teeth gets inconspicuously dropped into the list? You could also devise a to-do list before bed. This way, your children’s oral hygiene routine blends seamless with other tasks and doesn’t necessarily depend on a specific time.
Limit Summer Snacks
It’s hard to resist all of summer’s tasty treats such as popsicles, ice cream cones, cotton candy and soda. Unfortunately, all of these are loaded with sugar that can lead to dental cavities.
You can’t always say “no” to a sweet treat, but try at least to limit these kinds of snacks before bed. Also, shop for low-sugar or sugar-free snacks.
And if you’re a DIYer, try making your own ice pops from pureed fruits instead of buying the sweetened kind in the grocery store. Berries make great popsicles and they even great by the handful.
See a Family Dentist in Washington
Be sure to schedule a dental checkup with a children’s dentist in Washington before they head back to school. Their teeth will be cleaned and the dentist will examine each tooth for signs of cavities and take a look at their gums, too.
Make oral hygiene a priority during the summer so you don’t have to worry about an unwelcome surprise. If you need to schedule a dental checkup for yourself or the kids, contact a dentist in Washington.
Meet the Doctor
Dr. James Mace is a family dentist in Washington, MO. He and his staff are committed to ensuring the health, beauty and longevity of every smile in your family. If you need to schedule an appointment for yourself or one of your children, contact us today.