Three Tips For Healthy Summer Smiles
Summer sun brings summer fun. While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine. Here are three ways to prevent summertime tooth decay:
Stay on a routine
Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a firework’s show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime—or let it slide when they sleep in the next morning.
No matter how eventful the upcoming months become, supervise that they are brushing twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste.
Children should also be flossing between any two teeth that touch. If your child needs help, try different types of interdental cleaners or put your hands over theirs to guide them and get the job done at the same time.
Say no to sugary drinks and snacks
As the temperature rises, it’s common for families to sip and snack during sports tournaments, festivals or nearly any community event. Consider sugary drinks treats to enjoy once in a while, and not often. Instead, offer water (even better if it has fluoride) to beat the heat, or milk to drink with meals.
If you find yourself spending more time at home, snack smarter, and let your children tell you when they’re hungry instead of offering snacks throughout the day.
Make your back-to-school dental visit early
It is a good idea to make your child’s back-to-school appointment early in the summer to avoid the August rush and help ensure you get the appointment time that works best for you.
For details, call NOA Dental at 661-857-7662. NOA Dental is a general, specialty, and cosmetic dental office that provides comprehensive, quality care for new and current patients both children and adults. Visit www.NOADental.net for more information.
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