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.
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!