School’s out for summer and your children are no doubt excited for their summer vacation and a chance to break from routine. But whether your child stays close to home or ventures off to sleep-away camp, it’s safe to assume their regular oral health care regimen will suffer, opening them up to increased risk of tooth decay and cavities.
It’s probably time to change your child’s toothbrush, so bring them with you to shop for one. Let your child pick out one in their favorite color and choose an appropriate toothpaste they like. If you will be traveling with your child or if he or she is going to Grandma’s or sleep-away camp, buy several brushes to pack – at least one per week. This way, if their toothbrush falls to the bathroom floor and can no longer be used, they will always have a backup and NO excuse for not brushing.
Toothpaste and Floss
Buy/pack one travel size toothpaste tube for every two weeks away. No only will you be able to monitor how much brushing really went on, your child doesn’t get to say they lost their toothpaste or it ran out. To keep your kid flossing, buy/pack a couple of packs of dental floss or individual flossers – again, no excuses for lost floss. If your child wears braces, buy/pack some of those little dental brushes to help to keep their favorite summer food from getting trapped in their braces and hiding in their mouths.
Drink Water, Water, and more Water! Did we say water?
Sipping soft drinks, sports drinks, even juices will promote tooth decay at any time but over summer vacation your child may be more vulnerable with a break in their normal dental routine. At home, make sure your child has access to water at all times, buy/pack a few BPA-free reusable water bottles to help them keep their supply at hand. Not only will they stay well-hydrated, water helps to rinse food particles away and boost saliva levels in their mouth which will also help prevent tooth decay.
Summer Sports Can be Risky for Teeth!
If your child hasn’t been fitted with a mouthguard, now is the time. There are over 200,00 cases of mouth or jaw injuries every year that can easily be avoided with a professionally fitted mouth guard. If away at summer camp, it might be wise to pack an extra one, in case of loss.
Schedule Cleaning Appointment
If your child is due for their dental cleaning this summer, schedule it for AFTER they come back from camp and let them know about the appointment BEFORE they go. If they happen to forget to brush more than they brushed while away, the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group Team can clean them up and get them back on track with good oral hygiene once they are back to their regular routine or have returned home.
If you have any questions, need some extra toothbrushes or floss samples, please don’t hesitate to call and come by the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group during regular business hours. Also, in case of emergency, we can be reached 24/7.
Wishing all of our families a safe and fun summer!
Drs. Michael and Jill Lasky