Dental Routine a Challenge
It was a long cold winter, and with a global pandemic the summer months provided light at the end of the tunnel. Now we’re hear and most of us are like compressed springs, ready to release, and enjoy the warm summer outside. With summer comes more freedom and fun. We all look forward to spending more time together and perhaps even having a summer vacation of some kind. But do not let these new activities through off your good dental routine. Keep that beaming smile going while enjoying summer. Here are three ways to do it.
1. Keep Up Your Dental Routine
Warm weather means late nights. Drive-in theaters, fireworks, patios, campfires and catching fireflies are all good reasons to stay up later than we normally would. However, don’t let it become an excuse to skip brushing before bedtime, either for your kids or yourself. Letting this one thing slide till morning can start a trend toward tooth decay or gum disease. Variety truly is the spice of life, except when it comes to your health. Consistent good overall health should be a priority, because without it, it is impossible to enjoy summer to the fullest extent.
Erbsville Dental wants you and your kids to have a memorable summer, but no matter how busy it gets remember to supervise your young ones as they brush a minimum of twice each day, for two minutes, using a toothpaste with fluoride. Rather than view it as a chore, view it as an opportunity to spend even more time together and show you love them and care about their health.
Kids under ten years old don’t always have the ability to properly floss well between any of their teeth that touch each other. Try to help them include flossing with their brushing routine. If its too awkward to get your big fingers in there, try one of the many flossing tools or alternatives out there. Teach them the importance of flossing at an early age.
2. Avoid Too Many Sugary Drinks or Foods
Eating and drinking summer treats enhance the joy of summer. It may be impossible for the average Canadian to avoid sugary foods and drinks completely over the holidays. Instead of grazing all day though, try and eat at chosen times each day. This allows time for saliva to wash your teeth between meals giving them a break from bacteria and acids. Also, regulate your families use of fruit juice, pop, and alcohol. As an alternative, offer water which is important for both their teeth and their overall health. Keep them hydrated in the heat.
Take note of foods that are bad for dental health. Read: The 8 Worst Foods for Oral Health. You may be surprized what is on the list.
3. Before School Starts, Visit Erbsville Dental
A common practice in Waterloo is to book a dental appointment near the end of summer for school aged kids. This way once school starts, they don’t have to miss class for a dentist appointment. As it is a family dental office, Erbsville Dental in Waterloo treats hundreds of kids. So, if you want to get them in before school, book early and avoid last minute frustration. Dr. Mathews can identify and look after any dental issues quickly which will also remove added stress on your child once school begins. At Erbsville Dental, “we love kids!” Visiting their dentist regularly will keep their smile healthy all summer and throughout each passing year.
Have a great summer everyone! Stay healthy and safe.
This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Accordingly, always seek the advice of your Dentist or other healthcare providers regarding a dental condition or treatment.