Summer is a time to head outside and have fun or participate in activities with other people. But summer can also bring some potential threats to your teeth or oral health if you aren't careful. If you want your kids' teeth to remain in good condition all summer long until they go back to school, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Invest in Mouth Guards for Summer Sports
Is your kid going to be hitting the baseball field, soccer field, or some other type of field or court to participate in a sport this summer? Sports will give kids protective gear like helmets in many cases but you should take an extra step to protect your kids' teeth as well. Your local sporting goods store will have mouth guards for sale that your kid can wear during the game. Make sure the mouth guard is the right size for your kids' mouth so that it actually protects them and that it is also comfortable to wear.
Go Easy on the Junk Food and Drinks
Kids tend to stay up late and let their school-year diet go by the wayside during summer vacation. You may want to let them indulge a little but it's a good idea to keep your fridge stocked with other drinks besides sugar-based ones like soda and you might want to keep healthier snack foods inside your pantry as well.
Maintain an Oral Care Routine Similar to the School Year
Kids can also sleep in when they don't have to go to school, especially if they are staying up late. They are likely used to brushing their teeth at certain times throughout the day or evening during the school year, make sure they still brush their teeth when they wake up in the morning (or afternoon) and follow a nighttime oral care routine even if they are going to stay up to play video games or watch a movie.
Having a Bottle of Water on Hand Can Help
If you are going to be away from home for a bit to take part in a summer activity or a family vacation, bring oral care items with you if possible. If that's not feasible, bring a bottle of water to these events so your kids can rinse their mouths after eating a snack or a meal.
Get a Check Up at Your Dentist
For best results, make sure your kids go to the family dentist as scheduled. Your local dental care expert may have additional tips or best practices for your kids to follow this summer.
For more info about dental care, contact a local professional.