Now that summer is here, it's more important than ever to care for your kids' oral health. Summer brings many disruptions to routine that can put the health of your children's smiles at risk, such as the long school holidays. By following these tips, you can help your kids return to school after the summer with healthy smiles.
1. Keep a Routine
Try to keep your kids in the habit of brushing and flossing every day, even if you relax a little over bedtimes and getting-up times. Some kids might find it motivating to use a sticker chart to track their daily brushing and flossing sessions, with rewards for a week-long streak. Work out what works best for your kids to help them stay in the habit of keeping their teeth clean.
2. Say No to Soda
It is important for children to stay hydrated in hot weather, but sipping on soda is likely to cause a lot of damage to their teeth. Not only do fizzy soft drinks often contain a lot of sugar, but they also contain strong acids that weaken tooth enamel, which means that even diet versions can be harmful. Equip your kids with reusable water bottles so they can quench their thirst without having to turn to sweet drinks.
3. Avoid Sugary Snacks
When you are heading to the pool, beach or park, it is easy to grab processed snacks, such as cookies, flavoured yoghurts or mini cakes. However, these kinds of snacks contain a lot of sugar and can be harmful to teeth. Better options include whole fruit, cubes of cheese, and nuts. These foods contain fibre and a more balanced profile of nutrients to support oral and overall health.
4. Encourage Mouth Guards for Sport
If your kids play contact sports, then it is a good idea for them to wear mouth guards to protect their teeth. Summer sports are a common cause of oral injuries. Your dentist can supply a custom mouth guard that is very comfortable for a child to wear during training sessions or games.
5. Schedule Post-Summer Checkups
All kids should have regular dental checkups to ensure their teeth and gums are healthy. Before you get caught up in the chaos of summer, schedule appointments for the end of the season with your dentist. A checkup is an opportunity for a dentist to check your kids' teeth for cavities and provide early treatment.
For more information, reach out to a local dentist.