Summer is here! Finally we can put away the umbrellas and rain gear and slap on that sunscreen! For many of us it is a time where schedules will be changed with holidays, camping and just kicking back. However, oh there is always a however, routines can change and we let down our guard. Sometimes we can be so absorbed in barbecues, camping etc., we forget about our dental health and then routines we had in place for brushing and flossing go right out the window.
This time of year doesn’t have to mean summer dental surprises if you just keep in mind a few simple dental tricks.
- Take everyone out to purchase new toothbrushes. Just about now that old one is probably looking a little tired and worn so it will be less effective. Be sure to choose a soft bristled one to reduce the possibility of gum recession.
- For children, set up a list in the kitchen, “duties to be done prior to running out the door. Put it after bed making, dishes etc.
- Try to limit those sugary sweets. Oh yes they beckon to the children like moths to a flame. Cotton candy, popsicles’, ice cream, candy. Instead of the usual “evil suspects” try putting pureed fruit into ice cube trays and have fresh berries and fruit available to curb that sweet tooth.
- Limit Soda and sports drinks. It is extremely important to hydrate during the warmer temps but be careful with these two bad guys. Soda is actually a dehydrator and sports drinks are usually loaded with fructose and dextrose. Instead, yes I know, use water. Best hydrator out there and for some of us old guys, watch those ice cubes. Chewing those bad boys can result in cracked teeth and wear.
- If you can’t brush or floss, at least give your mouth a really good rinse after eating. That way you can at least remove some of the food and film.
- Our favorite; schedule a summer hygiene appointment and avoid the, “OH NO WE HAVE TO GET THE KIDS IN BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS’! Trauma. That way they start their holidays off on solid ground and their 6 month checkup will be……..you guessed it Christmas!
Well that’s about it. Have fun, try to avoid the sunburns and enjoy the summer freedom!!