Keep an Oral Healthcare Routine with Your Children Over the Summer

Now that summer vacation is here, kids are out of their routines in many areas. Unfortunately, taking care of their teeth and general oral health can take a back seat to all the other fun things going on over the summer. Simply being at home more hours and having more unstructured time can lead to consuming more foods and drinks filled with sugar. It’s especially important to remain firm about limiting snacks and to plan for those times you’re away from home. Watching baseball all day, for example, will lead to several trips to the snack bar unless you pack food and bring it with you.

Make Fruits and Vegetables Readily Available

You already know that fruits and vegetables are healthy, but you might not have considered how they benefit the teeth. Vegetables with a high water content, such as cucumbers, melons and pears, are naturally low in sugar. They also require a lot of chewing, which helps to keep the mouth clean. Be aware that some fruits have a high sugar content, including bananas and any type of dried fruit. Your child should try to brush his or her teeth as soon as possible after eating sugary fruit for a snack.

Help Your Child Stick with a Brushing and Flossing Routine

The school year comes with a lot of routine, so it’s easier to remember to brush and floss teeth at least twice a day. Between vacations, parties, sporting events and other summer fun, it’s easy to forget to do this once a day let alone twice. No matter where you are, set a time for your son or daughter to brush and floss. Be sure to stick to this time as closely as possible and to supervise your kids if necessary. Things will naturally come up to disrupt the schedule but coming back to it every time will help to reinforce its importance.

Don’t Forget to Visit the Dentist

If your child’s preventive bi-annual appointment falls in the summer, be sure to keep the appointment. We also recommend that you schedule back-to-school exams as early as possible before school starts, to ensure you get your preferred time slot. Please contact Great Lakes Dental at 440-255-3111 at your earliest convenience.