Summer Dental Health Tips

travelIt’s almost summer and with so many activities lined up, who wants to think about keeping your mouth healthy? But helping your family practice good oral health during the summer can get everyone off to a good start when fall rolls around.

In fact, the end of the school year is actually a good time to make an appointment with Angell’s Dentistry for your kids’ dental checkups, rather than waiting until just before school begins. You’ll know their teeth will be in good shape for the summer and you can take care of any issues now when their schedules are less hectic.

Make sure your kids stick to the routine of brushing twice a day and flossing daily—even if they are on vacation or away at camp. Replace old toothbrushes with new ones and be sure they pack travel-sized toothpaste and floss when going on trips.

If you are hitting the road this summer, be sure to pack an emergency dental care kit. Include a handkerchief, gauze, a small container with a lid, ibuprofen and your dentist’s contact information.

  • If you can’t get to a dentist immediately in an emergency, remember to:
  • use warm water and cold packs first, to clean the area and reduce swelling, respectively
  • use gauze to stop any bleeding
  • place a lost permanent tooth back in the mouth, if possible; if not, use salt water or milk to keep it moist for the ride to the dentist

For the swimmers in your family, make sure everyone follows the “pool rules.” Running on slippery pool decks, diving into shallow waters or bumping the pool ledge with their mouth causes many children to either chip or knock a tooth loose. If you or your family swim more than six hours a week, you could be at risk for developing yellowish-brown or dark brown stains on your teeth, called “swimmer’s calculus.” These deposits appear most frequently on the front teeth and can usually be removed by a professional dental cleaning.

Engaging in summer contact sports (soccer, softball, basketball, etc.) can result in dental-related injuries. Consider outfitting your athlete with a mouthguard or face mask. Mouthguards prevent more than 200,000 injuries each year and can prevent damage to braces or other orthodontic work, as well as prevent mouth cuts, jaw injuries and tooth damage.

Summer eating can take its toll on your family’s teeth. It’s hard to limit snacking when the kids are home all day, so be sure to stock the refrigerator with fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables and swap out the sugary, acidic soft drinks with bottled water.

Have a safe and fun-filled summer. And be sure to give Angell’s Dentistry a call to schedule your family’s dental checkups before the back-to-school rush. To learn more about us, visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.

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