June 27, 2016
School’s out for summer and this is a great time to get your child updated on all of their healthcare appointments. Instead of waiting until right before school starts to schedule your child’s regular dental cleaning and check-up, why not schedule now at the beginning of summer? This will ensure that your child doesn’t have any oral health issues as you embark on camps, summer vacations, and other fun activities. Schedule your summer check-ups now with your children’s dentist in Fremont, and here are some other tips for maintaining your child’s oral health throughout the summer.
Ensure That Regular Brushing and Flossing Still Takes Place During Summer
While summer is a wonderful and unstructured time, it also throws off our regular routines. Make sure that your children are still brushing and flossing regularly even though they might be on vacation, or going to bed and waking up at different times than normal. Summer is a good time to replace old toothbrushes, and don’t be surprised if you have to remind your children about their oral hygiene more often than during the school year.
Promote Healthy Snacking
Be sure to stock the fridge with healthy snacks during the summer. It’s hard to limit snacking when your kids are around all day, but you can be sure to monitor what they’re snacking on. Encourage eating healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables but remember they are acidic. So, rinse with plenty of water afterwards. Fruits and vegetables also increase saliva flow, which help to wash away food debris and particles. Try to limit your children’s consumption of starchy or sugary snacks and beverages, which helps to prevent tooth decay.
Be Prepared For Dental Emergencies
Summer months bring with them a flurry of activities such as sporting camps and daily trips to the pool. Increased activity also increases the possibility of injury. For dental emergencies it’s important to remember to stay calm and act quickly. If your child should break or dislodge a tooth, gather the tooth or as many of the pieces as possible and get to your dental provider immediately. Acting quickly can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
For injuries to the gums or soft tissues, try to contain bleeding as much as possible with gauze or a cold compress. Warm salt-water rinses are helpful if available, but be sure to contact your dental provider right away for further instructions.
At James Block Dentistry, we love to see children of all ages, starting when those first teeth arrive. Our goal is to be your partners in educating your child about their oral health and setting them up for success at all of their future dental visits. We’re here for you during the summer and for a lifetime! Contact our office today to schedule your child’s next dental appointment.
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