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July 22, 2016

Summer Oral Care Tips for Kids


You packed the sunscreen and the sunglasses, but don't forget the summer oral care essentials. Summertime routines are often more relaxed but that doesn't mean your child's oral care should be. Whether you're off to the beach, gearing up for camp or enjoying a much needed staycation, make room for these simple tips to help keep your kiddo's smile bright. 
1. Brush After Each Meal. Summer months means longer days and from the first bite of breakfast to the last crumb of a midnight snack, cavity causing bacteria are using sugars found in the foods we eat to decay our teeth. The best way to interrupt the decay process is to brush our teeth immediately after a meal. 

Tip: Make a game out of these Brushing Breaks and award stickers that your child can display on the calendar to help establish a routine and keep the momentum.     
2. Hydrate With Fluoridated Water. Keeping the kids hydrated is crucial during the hot summer months. Drinking water is essential and fluoridated water can help to repair developing cavities. In the event of juice requests, reach for a low sugar beverage or dilute with water.   

Tip: Fluoride is not always added to bottled water. Instead, replenish your child's sippy cup or water bottle with boiled or filtered tap water.


3. Watch Out For Facial Trauma. Children are constantly on the move. Chasing each other around the kitchen or climbing trees in the backyard can often result in injuries affecting the teeth and should be evaluated by a dentist. In the event of head trauma or severe facial abrasions, be sure to seek medical attention.  

Tip: If your child is participating in an organized sport, be sure to have her fitted with an athletic guard. Sports guards come in many varieties from over the counter to customized by your family dentist and are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
4. Make Oral Care A Part of Summer Fun. Learning how to take care of our teeth, proper diet and nutrition as well as exercise are all components of a healthy lifestyle. Summer is a break from school but learning how to be healthy continues all year. 

Tip: The BrightWhites Fun Coloring and Activity Books are packed with learning aids to help get kids excited about oral health. Order a copy for your child today!     



10 comments:

  1. Great read! You're right, now that summer is here, it's far easier to fall out of our regular school year round routines. Its important to be reminded that good oral care care doesn't have to stop once summertime rolls around!

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    1. Indeed and summertime is full of oral care fun!

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  2. I agree. Apart from oral care routine, you should introduce your little one to the dentist who would check their gums and teeth. If possible, visit the same dentist each time and make your child comfortable with the dentist. Tell them that the doctor is a friend who would make their teeth shine brighter.

    Jhoell
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    1. Great advice, Jhoell! Yes, and the earlier children meet the dentist, the better! I encourage my patients to schedule that first visit by their child's first birthday. Thanks so much for following us!

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  3. Thanks for sharing your experience with us, this is useful for me in making my dental services better in my clinic.

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    1. You're welcome Dr. Millar! Oral care is so important for a healthy lifestyle. Please let us know if there are any particular topics your patients might like us to discuss. Thank you for following!

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  4. Along with taking care of dental health, it's also important to control eating habit as well. kids teeth are more sensitive than us and need special care till they not grow eventually. Bad eating habit can leads to tooth decay as a result loss of tooth in very early stage. This is very bad for dental health in long term.

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    1. Thank you Dr. Nguyen for your feedback! Yes, young teeth are very sensitive and we must give them extra special care. Thanks for following!

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