School’s out for the summer, which means it’s time to relax, enjoy some family time, and have some fun. Still, there’s one thing that doesn’t get to take the summer off: your dental care. Without all the same routines and eating habits in place, many families struggle with keeping cavities in check and gum disease at bay. Summer activities even come with dental emergencies and accidents. Thankfully, Biltmore Commons Dental Care has you covered with all the treatments, and with summer dental care tips.
1. DON’T SKIP THE BRUSHING
For many households, the summer routine and schedule are easy, laid back, and relaxed. Kids usually have later bedtimes, get to sleep in, enjoy sleepovers with friends, and have tons of fun on vacation. With all these extra distractions, kids often need a gentle reminder that their oral health can’t take a back seat. If your kids are struggling to keep up with their regular brushing or flossing, then it’s time to get creative. Some parents choose to use a sticker chart, especially for the younger kids. However, if your children are ten or older, you might entice them with some extra iPad time or a weekly allowance. There is never a downside to anything that gets them to participate in healthy brushing and flossing habits.
2. ENJOY THE SWEETS IN MODERATION
We all know that summertime means breaking out the sweet treats! We’re talking ice cream, popsicles, cookies, cotton candy, and more. It’s easy to get carried away, especially with all the backyard BBQs. However, those added sweets can lead to some serious tooth decay and cavities, especially in households where brushing is already a chore. But don’t fret! There’s a way around the sweet tooth, and it includes fresh fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, and watermelon. If you love ice cream or popsicles but aren’t crazy about all the extra sugar, then try whipping up your own frozen treats using these fruits, yogurt, and popsicle molds.
3. PACK THE FLOSS
Summer is the perfect time to pack up the family and head on out to your favorite beach, or even Disney World. While you’re packing those bags for your trip, don’t forget to pack the floss. Floss is a small, yet significant investment, when it comes to your dental hygiene and care. If you have a habit of forgetting to brush your teeth or know you won’t be back to your resort room for a while, throw the floss in your beach bag or purse and use it between meals. This quick and easy practice is much better than dealing with a toothache during or after your trip.
4. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Water isn’t just for the sake of hydration; it’s also good for dental care. Drinking water with your meals, instead of sugary or alcoholic beverages, can prevent tooth decay and cavities from forming. Staying hydrated with water also ensures that you don’t get a dry mouth. When your mouth doesn’t have enough saliva, bacteria and food particles can escape into the crevices between your teeth and chew away at your enamel. Furthermore, dehydration can lead to gum disease, which can be a hassle for both you and your dentist.
BOOK YOUR SUMMER APPOINTMENT TODAY
Summer is the perfect time to take control of your dental care. If you’re looking for a long-term dental care partner, then come see us at Biltmore Commons Dental Care. We provide high-quality dentistry to residents throughout Phoenix, AZ. We can transform your smile with a general visit, teeth whitening, or cosmetic dentistry. Request an appointment today by calling (602) 249-2227.