The lazy days of summer can offer a nice break from routine for your kids whether it’s sleeping in a bit longer, staying up late or participating in day-long summer activities now that school’s out. However, it’s important to make sure the change of pace doesn’t disrupt your children’s healthy oral health habits.
- Establish a summertime dental care routine. Even without a set time, you can make brushing and flossing the last thing they do before bed and the first thing they do when waking up. That way, if bedtime shifts a bit or the alarm clock gets set for later, your kids will still stick to the important habit of brushing daily.
- Stock up on healthy snacks. If your kids are at home during the day, there are more opportunities for snacking. Be sure to provide healthy options by filling the fridge with fresh fruits and raw vegetables and keeping plenty of low-fat cheese or unsalted nuts on hand.
- Remove cavity-promoting temptations. Avoid packing the pantry with cookies, chips, soda and other starchy or sugary treats and drinks that can contribute to tooth decay. Your kids will be more likely to grab a healthy snack or drink water if there are no other options.
- Pack with cavity prevention in mind. Daytrips to the beach or a family vacation out-of-town might be in your plans for the summer. Be sure to bring your good oral health habits along with you. Instead of soda for the road, fill a travel jug with fresh water. Make sure each family member gets his or her own travel toothbrush. Throw in some travel-size mouthwash and floss while you’re at it.
- Take advantage of the downtime. If your summer’s less busy, use that extra time in your schedule to make dentist appointments for each family member. Regular check-ups and professional cleanings are extremely important to oral health.
Following these simple tips should help your family adapt to the season’s change in routine and ensure they maintain sparkling smiles and sunny dispositions all summer long.