Summer break can be hectic because everyone’s schedules are changing. It can cause your little ones to get distracted from important care like their oral hygiene. Children are especially at risk for developing oral health problems such as cavities, so getting them in their new summer routine as soon as possible is vital. Starting off their vacation by scheduling their summer dental appointments is a great way to get them excited about their mouths! Read on for ways your sons and daughters can keep their pearly whites in tip-top shape while they’re not in school.
The Basics of Brushing and Flossing
While brushing and flossing every morning and evening seems like an easy task to leave your children up to, it’s best to monitor them to make sure they’re doing it correctly. If they complain about how rough the toothbrush is on their gums, try switching them to a soft-bristle brush. With so many new oral hygiene products for children at your disposal, you can even help get them excited about brushing by letting them pick out a fun flavor of toothpaste or a toothbrush holder with their favorite cartoon character on it.
Be sure that when they brush, they get their back teeth, front teeth, and change the position of the toothbrush to get into those hard-to-reach places. Regularly removing bacteria and plaque from their teeth can help them avoid decay, infection, and cavities. Additionally, remind them to floss at least once a day. If they have trouble maneuvering the floss in their mouth, you can try other tools such as a water flosser or flossing picks.
Summer can be filled with sweets and snacks, which can make your little ones’ mouths bacterial breeding grounds. It’s best to limit their consumption of foods that are sugary or filled with carbohydrates. Instead, try substituting these snacks with fresh vegetables or fruits. Not only can a more nutritious diet help boost their immune system, but eating the right foods can actually benefit their teeth.
Visiting Their Dentist For Their Routine Checkups and Cleanings
To help your children avoid future oral health problems, take them to visit their dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and examination. Their dental professional is specially trained to spot problems and treat them early on, so they don’t negatively impact their oral health. With regular visits, a small cavity can be treated before it causes serious dental decay.
Taking your children to the dentist can give you the peace of mind you need to enjoy a stress-free summer vacation. While everyone’s schedules are a little less hectic since school’s not in session, there’s no better time to schedule summer checkups and get your them excited about their oral health.
About the Author
Dr. Dalia Georgy graduated first in her class from the University of Oklahoma’s College of Dentistry in 2011. Since then, she has received special honors in pediatric dentistry and a number of awards. She is an active member of several professional organizations that allow her to keep up with the latest advancements in her field. For questions or to schedule all of your loved ones’ checkups and cleanings, visit Complete Cosmetic Care Dentistry’s website or contact 918-216-1000.