Tips for Summer-Healthy Smiles
Summertime is here and the warm months are a call for vacations – to road trips, the beach, outdoor activities, and the like. You can easily set aside your usual dental hygiene routine. So to prevent summertime tooth decay, here are three ways to stay mouth-healthy.
Stick to the dental hygiene routine and resist the temptation to skip.
Families should not forget brushing and flossing even while on vacation. Kids should especially be reminded about their usual oral hygiene routine – brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day. You can get easily caught-up in the events and activities of the vacation but dental hygiene should not be missed. Especially when your kids are still small, and you might be in the midst of still training and supervising them, be sure you’re around to see that they are doing the brushing and flossing properly and consistently. It will keep your kids on track and still have healthy mouths by the time they go back to school.
Limit sugary snacks and drinks.
While on vacation during the hot summer months, there’s bound to be lots of snacking and drinking while enjoying family events, engaging in sports, and joining festivals. Be mindful about sugary intake of soda, juice, or lemonade to quench thirst. Once in a while is fine, but water is still best to beat the heat. Treats like candies, ice cream, cakes, as well as starchy foods like chips, can be enjoyed but sparingly. Have healthy full meals to avoid too much snacking. If this is practiced at home, then it will still be fun even when you are on vacation.
Importance of Routine Dental Visits
When your kids go back to school and have their routine dental visits, you can be assured that there will not be oral issues like discovering dental cavities. It is even better to have your kid’s back-to-school appointment early in the summer to avoid the August rush. Calendar this so that you get the appointment time that works best for you.
Making Appointments Early with Your Bellevue Dentist
Come see our Bellevue dentist early before you go on your summer vacation. The whole family can have a checkup to avoid any potential issues that may otherwise arise after the summer months.