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4 Tips for a Healthy Summer Smile

May 30, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcaballeros @ 12:04 am
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These summer months are like no other, but it’s still a time to look forward to. You get to spend more time with your family, and you may even have some fun activities planned. Because we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping your oral hygiene routine together may be even more difficult than usual. Your family dentist in Carrollton, TX can give you some tips to ensure that you and your family are maintaining happy, healthy smiles during the summer months.

How to Maintain A Healthy Smile During Summer Break 

Your family still needs to keep their oral health in mind, even when school is out and there are exciting events taking place. Here are a few tips to help your family stay on top of their teeth.

Watch What Your Kids Eat and Drink

Because it’s getting hotter, many people, including children, tend to reach for cold, sugary beverages such as juice, soda, and lemonade. While these drinks are fun to have on occasion, drinking them too often can cause tooth decay. Nobody wants to spend their summer break getting fillings. Instead, encourage your children to choose beverages like water or milk.

Everybody needs a snack from time to time to get the energy needed until the next meal. Next time the kids are wanting snacks, don’t reach for the fruit snacks or crackers. Sticky, fruity candy adheres to the teeth for long periods of time. Snacks like chips and crackers contain a lot of carbohydrates which break down into sugar. Instead, reach for healthy snacks like sliced apples, nuts, cheese, or celery.

Stick to a Routine

Things have been very different from usual, so take some time to establish a routine. When the kids are staying up later, they may feel less inclined to brush their teeth. No matter how busy your life gets, it’s important to make sure that they are brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Don’t forget that they should be flossing everyday too! Keeping a sticker chart can help you and your children keep track of brushing and flossing.

Plan for Emergencies

Summer break is a busy time, especially for kids. They may be more active and participate in new activities when they aren’t in school. However, physical activities may increase your child’s risk of having a dental injury or emergency. Teach your child to be extra careful when diving into or walking around pools. The ground can get slippery! Wearing custom-made mouthguards while playing contact sports is also a great way to prevent emergencies.

If your child has a dental injury or emergency, head to the dentist as soon as possible. Many dental offices can treat emergencies on the same day!

Visit the Dentist

Along with brushing and flossing, having regular dental visits twice a year is important to maintaining a healthy smile. Having a back to school dental check-up for your kids early in the summer can help you ensure that their teeth are healthy. This summer, dentists are taking extra precautions to protect you and your family from COVID-19. Even now, they can help spot any potential issues and take care of them before school starts. By making appointments for your kids well in advance, you are more likely to avoid the back to school rush in August.

Now that summer vacation is commencing, it’s important to ensure that your family is keeping up with their oral health. It can be difficult with so many distractions, but by following these tips, your kids will be returning to school with healthy teeth!

About the Practice

At On Point Dentistry, Dr. Marco Caballeros and Dr. Carlos Parra provide conservative and honest family dentistry. As summer vacation is kicking off in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they know that this summer is far from normal. It’s important to keep your family healthy, and that includes your smile. For more helpful tips or to schedule an appointment, visit their website or call (972) 418-8461.

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