Dental Care in the Summer
With summer upon us, your family’s schedule may be booked with tons of activities that are going to keep you and your kids running around for the next couple of months. Being on the go often results in eating unhealthy foods with very little time to take care of your teeth. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to prevent dental emergencies and long-term damage to your teeth.
Tips for Better Dental Hygiene
- Brush your teeth twice every day, once in the morning and once at night. It is important to follow your dental hygiene routine even when staying up late or feeling unrushed in the morning.
- Floss right before you go to sleep to get rid of the food that is stuck in between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach.
- When your children go on trips, remember to pack them a toothbrush with toothpaste and a roll of floss. Toothbrushes must be allowed to dry while traveling. Retainer and aligner cases need to be kept out of extreme heat. If you have an electric toothbrush, don’t forget your charger.
- Schedule your children’s checkups and cleanings before the summer ends so you won’t be caught off-guard by major issues at the start of the school year.
- Stock your kitchen with healthy snacks, meaning those that provide calcium and are low in sugar. Sticky foods are likelier to dislodge fillings or get trapped between teeth.
- Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist throughout the day and wash away sugary residue.
- Avoid drinking high-sugar and acidic beverages.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Since children are so active in the summer, it is important to know how to prevent dental emergencies and what to do when one happens. If your children play sports, consider getting them a mouth guard even if they are not in a formal team setting. Mouth guards help to prevent damage from falls, collisions with other people, and getting hit by a piece of equipment. Swimming is also a common summer activity that is associated with dental emergencies. Remember to not run on the pool decks as they are slippery and can cause you to fall and hit your teeth. If any dental emergencies do occur, be sure to get your children to the dentist as soon as possible. If you aren’t able to get into the dentist immediately, warm water and cold packs help to reduce swelling and gauze helps to stop any bleeding. Keep American Dental Association-approved tooth saving kits close at hand. If one is not available when a tooth gets knocked out, do not hold the tooth by its root. Instead, try reinserting it after a saltwater rinse before heading to the dentist.
Summer is the best time of the year with warm weather and no school. It is also a busy time that causes many people to forget their dental hygiene routine and cause long-term damage to their teeth. Don’t forget to follow these tips to keep your teeth healthy all summer long and to avoid finding yourself in the dentist chair with a dental emergency.