Dental Safety Tips for Kids in Summer

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Dental Safety Tips for Kids in Summer

Ask any child what their favorite time of year is and the answer is almost always summer. Being out of school, hanging out with their friends, swimming and playing outside are what all kids dream of. And while the summer season can be a great time for children it also presents some hazards, particularly for a child's teeth. Physical activity, tempting sweets and lax rules can all combine to leave your child with a tooth problem they would rather avoid.

At CT Pediatric Dentistry we want every child to enjoy their summer so we offer some tips for parents on how best to protect those precious smiles.

Easy on the Sweets

During summer your child will have no shortage of tempting treats. The ice cream truck, picnics, birthday parties and lazy days will all have your child craving a popsicle, soft drink or candy bar. But as we all know, sugar is the number one cause of cavities and the more sugar your children eat the more likely they are to develop cavities. Monitor the amount of sweets your children eat during the summer and put a cap on excessive sugar consumption.

Mouth Guards

If your children are going to be participating in recreational activity, such as baseball, soccer or lacrosse it is very important that you protect their teeth with mouth guards. Sports are great for physical exercise but can be dangerous. Foul balls, elbows and collisions happen all the time and if your child's teeth are not protected with a strong mouth guard he could easily have a tooth knocked out. Even if the sport seems easy on the physical activity, wearing a mouth guard is good practice and will greatly reduce the chance of tooth damage.

Stick to the Rules

Summer can be an easy time for forgetting. Being on vacation and not having to abide by a strict school schedule can make kids forget a lot. During the summer it is important as a parent to reinforce proper oral hygiene including brushing teeth twice a day, using floss and eating healthy. You don't want to ruin your child's summer but with gentle and persistent persuasion you can ensure they take care of their teeth and avoid any complications.

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18 Dec 2018 12:38 PM