Keep up that oral hygiene...
17 June 2019| Last updated on 17 June 2019
During the summer when the children are out of school, make sure they stick to their oral hygiene routine.
Brushing twice a day and flossing daily is as important in the summer as it is in other seasons. But with vacations, and lots of days spent at the pool, you will need to remind your kids to brush and floss.
In fact, you should have travel-sized (or pocket size version) tooth brushes, toothpaste, mouthwash and floss in other words a dental travelling kit for those summer trips and days out.
Watch out for your children’s diet
Summer is the time of the year for ice creams, and cold refreshments. They help us beat the heat while we spend our days with our children in the sunshine at the beach and also it helps us cope with humidity. However these types of food and drinks have a high sugar concentrate and may cause dental cavities or caries.
To avoid having dental cavities, swap out the sugary, acidic soft drinks with bottled water, and help your children have a healthy diet full of fruits and veggies. Be sure to keep the fruits and veggies clean and ready to grab.
Dehydration is one of the most frequent consequences of heat during the summer. Dehydration leads to a decrease of saliva production, which can increase the risk of cavities and gingival disease.
To avoid dehydration, make sure your kids drink water throughout the day. Even the smallest sips of water helps wash away plaque-causing bacteria and can even improve your children’s breath.
After they eat or drink soda or iced coffee drinks, let them rinse their mouth with water right away.
Prevent Dental Emergencies
During summer our kids go swimming, bike riding, or play volleyball and other playground activities. Avoid the worst by ensuring your kids follow the "pool rules".
Many of the summer oral injuries dentists treat are due to a pool accident. Running on slippery pool decks, diving into shallow waters or bumping the pool ledge with their mouth causes many children to either chip or knock a tooth loose.
Let your children use their hands not their teeth
Your children’s teeth aren’t tools. Don’t let them use their teeth in order to open bottles, wrappers, bags, because this can lead to chipped or broken tooth. Their teeth are for chewing food, don’t let them use their teeth for any other purpose.