Summer Dental Tips for Kids

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Summer is still here and your family’s schedule may be a little tight with all the vacations and summer activities. Here at Kidsmile Pediatric Dental Clinic, we want every child to enjoy the summer and here are some tips especially for parents on how to protect those cute precious smiles.


1. Take it easy on the sugar

During summer, the temptation on sugar increase with all those ice cream parties, picnics, birthdays and all the lazy days will have your child craving for a popsicle, soda or a candy bar. Tempting as it may be, sugar is the number one cause of cavities and the more sugar your children consume, the more likely they are to develop cavities. 

2. It’s time for checkups

To prevent dental problems over the summer, it’s best to book your children with their Pediatric Dentist right after the school ends. The last thing you would want is a child suffering from a toothache while enjoying their vacation.

3. Don’t forget to bring your dental essentials for vacation

If you have any vacations planned for this summer, it’s best that your oral care essentials are on your packing checklist. Make it to a point to bring all oral care items that your child might need such as toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss.etc. 

4. Prevent Dental Emergencies. 

While summer may be the perfect time to let a child loose and enjoy their favorite outdoor activity, it’s also important to consider summer dental tips for kids who love to be active. 

Activities like swimming, bike riding, and volleyball can be lots of fun, but they can also pose hazards to your child’s teeth. Parents should learn what to do in case of a dental emergency, just in case.

If your child chips or knocks a tooth loose, the best thing to do is get to the dentist right away. In the meantime, you can do things to mitigate the situation. Clean the area with warm water and use cold packs to help reduce swelling. If there’s bleeding, use gauze to stanch it. If your child loses a permanent tooth, try to put it back in their mouth. If that’s not possible, keep the tooth in salt water or milk to keep it moist until you get to the dentist.

Summer is made for relaxation and fun. There’s no doubt that your child is already daydreaming about their summer adventures, but parents should be sure to keep their kids’ oral hygiene on track. Luckily, keeping your child’s smile healthy during the summer months isn’t so hard. Just follow these summer dental tips for kids, and make sure to schedule your child’s next dental appointment with his or her Pediatric Dentist.


Sources:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/childrens-oral-care/oral-health-tips-for-summer-0714

https://childrensedationdentist.com/4-summer-dental-tips-kids/

http://www.ctkidsdentist.com/ps-kids-and-summer.php

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