Healthy summer smiles make happier kids!

Healthy summer smiles make happier kids

Summer sun brings summer fun. While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine and prevent summertime tooth decay.

Stay on a routine

Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime—or let it slide when they sleep in the next morning.  Don’t forget about your smile over the summer, It’s important for families to consistently brush and floss, which keeps kids on track for healthy back-to-school dental visits.

No matter how eventful the upcoming months become, supervise that they are brushing twice a day for 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Simple things like brushing calendars can help everyone stay on track over the summer. Plus, it’s a chance to spend more time together. Brushing alongside your children for 2 minutes, twice a day for the three months of summer gives you 6 extra hours together, so make the most of them!

And don’t forget to clean between those teeth once a day.  Your children should be flossing between any two teeth that touch. However, many kids don’t have motor skills to floss until they are over 10 years old.” If your child needs help, try different types of interdental cleaners or put your hands over theirs to guide them and get the job done at the same time.

Come see Dr. Kathi Mansell, Scottsdale Dentist, for your regular cleaning and oral health check, and have a great summer.

Credits: mouthhealthy.org

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