Summer is an exciting time for any parent. Not only do you get to catch up with your kids, but you can also feel good knowing they’re getting some much-needed play time.
With summer camps, vacations, family reunions and more, it’s easy for your hygiene routine to get off track. Luckily, it’s never too late to get back into a rhythm, especially once the kids are back in school! Here are some tips to ensure your children’s teeth stay in tip-top shape:
1. ADD A NEW TOOTHBRUSH TO YOUR LIST OF BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES
It’s recommended to replace your toothbrush every 3 – 4 months, as an old toothbrush can cause bacterial contamination, cavities, tooth decay and other dental emergencies. Buying your kid a colorful, cartoon-animated toothbrush will not only get them excited about brushing again—it’ll also make your job a lot easier!
2. TEACH THE IMPORTANCE OF DENTAL HYGIENE
There are numerous children’s books and programs that discuss the benefits of good oral health without putting your kid to sleep. If you’re on a budget, consider visiting Half Price Books—they have plenty of children’s books at affordable prices. A visit to the library is also a convenient way to diversify your bookshelf while on a budget.
3. STAY AWAY FROM SUGAR
While many parents think juice is a healthy drink for their child, drinking it too often can quickly lead to tooth decay. As a rule of thumb, limit your kid’s juice consumption to 4 ounces a day, and make sure the beverage is always 100 percent fruit juice. This will help keep their teeth healthy and prevent them from becoming addicted to the sugar. When your child is finished with their juice, follow up with some water. Water
neutralizes the sugar and helps wash away food that gets stuck in their teeth.
4. REMEMBER TO FLOSS
While flossing is a chore for even the most experienced adults, it’s one of the most vital aspects of dental hygiene. A key way to get your kid in the routine of flossing is to always be patient with them. The more frustrated you are, the less likely they will be to adopt the habit later in life.
5. DON’T WAIT UNTIL BEDTIME
Make sure you don’t wait until your child is exhausted to brush and floss their teeth. The sleepier they are, the less cooperative they will be. So, set aside about an hour before bedtime to get this task done—you will be glad you did!
Lastly, don’t forget to schedule your back-to-school check-up! Visit https://goo.gl/iK9dJa for a complete list of all our locations and their contact numbers. We look forward to seeing you and hope these tips help you get your children’s dental health back on track!