Summer sun brings summer fun! While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine. Check out three ways to prevent summertime tooth decay:
STAY ON A ROUTINE. Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime--or let it slide when they sleep in the next morning.
SAY NO TO SUGARY DRINKS AND SNACKS. As the temperature rises, it's common for families to start to sip and snack during sports tournaments, festivals or nearly any community event. Be very watchful of your family's intake of lemonade, juice, and soda during the hotter summer months. Offer water to beat the heat, or milk with meals. And finally, don't let summertime grazing damage your child's smile!
MAKE YOUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL DENTAL VISIT EARLY. Some schools require back-to-school dental visits for certain grades, and these checkups can be a good way to be sure that your child's teeth survived the summer break and stayed healthy. It is a great idea to make your child's back-to-school appointment early in the summer to avoid the August rush and help insure that you get the appointment time that works best for you!