Sun-soaked days at the beach, trips to the amusement park, family picnics—these are just some activities you’re looking forward to this season. You don’t consider “summer fun” a car ride to your emergency dentist or a crying child because of a knocked-out tooth. This June is Oral Health Awareness Month, which means there’s no better time to revamp your family’s daily oral routines so everyone can get the most out of their vacation. Read on for tips and tricks from your dentist in Spring to keep on top of your oral health.
Don’t Take A Vacation From Routine Oral Hygiene
Since summer vacation is here, your family is in the process of developing a new daily schedule, making it easier to become distracted from regular routines. Brushing twice each day for two minutes and flossing at least once a day is as important in the summer as any other time of year, maybe even more so.
If you’re planning a vacation, cruise, or camping trip, you may have to continuously remind your children to stop what they’re doing and take care of their mouth. Before you leave for your trip, developing daily expectations for them can help keep them on the right track. For example, before they’re able to go play or swim, they should brush their teeth. This will not only give them an incentive, but it’s also a nice reminder.
The Perfect Time For Checkups And Cleanings
After children are out of school, you may have some time in your busy schedule open up. This is the perfect opportunity to schedule your entire family’s checkups and cleanings with your dentist. Getting this done before you leave for a vacation can give you the peace-of-mind that everybody’s in great health and will make your trip truly worry-free. After all, an unexpected toothache caused by an untreated cavity while you’re away on your vacation can be a headache.
Summer Sweets Can Be Extra Tempting
Between 4th of July parties and family picnics, there seems to be a constant smorgasbord of sweets laying out for your family to enjoy. If this is the case, try stocking your kitchen with healthy alternatives to prevent everyone’s mouths from being overloaded with sugar. Exposing your mouth to excessive sweets can cause harmful bacteria to accumulate and lead to dental decay and infections. While traveling with snacks, try to pack a cooler full of easy-to-grab fruits and veggies. You’ll feel better knowing your children are snacking on foods and drinks that are good for their overall and oral health.
Taking Care Of Your Travel Toothbrush
This may seem like an odd summer tip, but when you’re constantly on the move, you may use a travel holder or a plastic baggie to contain your toothbrush. While using these is convenient, they may cause your toothbrush to stay wet for long periods of time and breed harmful bacteria. The last thing you would want is to be cleaning your mouth with a bacteria-ridden tool. As soon as you stop for the night or get to your next location, you can take your toothbrush out of its container and stand it up in a cup to dry out. This way, your mouth can actually get clean when you brush!
While these are just a few little tips, they can make a massive difference when it comes to your family’s summer oral health. Staying informed on how you can make the best choices for your mouth this summer is a great way to celebrate Oral Health Awareness Month. Have a stress-free vacation by doing what you can to prevent dental issues from appearing—that way your wallet can see more mojitos and less dental offices!
About the Author
Dr. Clifton Baldwin has over three decades of experience crafting healthy and beautiful smiles. He focuses on providing his patients with the highest quality of treatment by using the most advanced technology and latest techniques. He enjoys watching his patients leave his office with beaming smiles they’re not afraid to show off. For questions or to schedule checkups and cleanings, visit Dream Smile Team’s website or contact 281-893-4746.