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Sure, summer doesn’t technically start until June 21, but most schools are out for summer break by the end of May. That means it’s already time to hit the pool, fire up the grill, break out the picnic basket, and plan for that summer vacation! These are essential summertime activities for kids and families, but they can also throw off your dental health routine. Here are a few cool oral health tips from your friendly neighborhood Overland Park dentist to help get you through the summer!
Don’t Chew on Ice!
Crunching down on an ice cube can be satisfying, especially on a hot summer day, but the fact is that ice cubes are hard enough to potentially damage the enamel of your teeth. The same goes for hard candies and anything else that’s similarly crunchy. If you want to chew on something crunchy, bite into an apple or carrot instead.
Skip the Bubbles—Especially the Sugary Kind.
Carbonated drinks are often loaded with acids and sugars, which can be a dangerous combo for your teeth. Even energy drinks and juice often come packed with sugar, which promotes growth of bacteria and leads to tooth decay. If you’re really craving a sugary soda or energy drink this summer, drink it through a straw to cut down on the contact it has with your teeth, and be sure to brush afterward!
Prepare to Snack Healthy.
All those summertime activities keep you so busy that you’re often reaching for quick and easy snacks. If you don’t come prepared, you might end up eating candy bars or other things that aren’t so good for your teeth or your overall health. Instead, stock your cabinets and fridge with delicious and nutritious fruits and veggies prepared for easy snacking!
Mind the Pool Safety Rules.
Accidents at the pool are actually a leading cause of dental emergencies during the summer months. Slipping on the edge of the pool or diving into water that isn’t deep enough are both very easy routes to chipped teeth and other serious injuries. Follow the pool rules and play safe!
Don’t Let Your Mouth Guard Down!
Summer sports often require pads, helmets, and other protective gear. But people often forget about mouthguards, which help to protect teeth and gums from injuries that can come from playing contact sports. Don’t forget yours! And if you don’t already have a mouthguard for you or your kids, contact your Overland Park dentist today!
Keep Monitoring Their Dental Health Routine.
Sure, your kids may not be going to school every morning, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t still need to brush their teeth after breakfast and before they turn in for the night. If they’re heading out on a family vacation or off to summer camp, make sure they pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and whatever else they may need!
Schedule Dental Checkups and
Cleanings for the Whole Family!
Sure, your children would probably rather head to the pool on a summer afternoon, but scheduling a visit to your Overland Park dentist while the kids are out of school is an easy way to get everyone in for their checkups and cleanings.
Watts Family Dental doesn’t take summer breaks, so we’ll be here all summer long if you need us. Whether it’s a simple cleaning or an unfortunate dental emergency, you can call your Overland Park dentist at (913) 338-3384 to schedule an appointment anytime!