The last days of the 2017-18 school year are just around the corner.
We remember how much we enjoyed summer break when we were kids. We could spend our days playing with our friends, playing in the rain, and catching fireflies in the evening.
Summer is a great time to be a kid …
It’s also a time when we see more than our fair share of dental emergencies. Our team in Marietta, GA can and will help if you or someone you love suffers a dental injury of any kind. However, we would much rather help you prevent those problems whenever possible.
To help your family prepare for the upcoming summer season, we’ve put together a short checklist of things you can do to help keep your family smiling all summer!
□ Drink Water & Eat Healthy Snacks
Thanks in part to snazzy advertising campaigns, we’ve noticed that many kids think they are supposed to drink a “sports drink” when they are playing sports or exercising.
What many people don’t realize is that these drinks can have as much as a candy bar. More often than not, you are better off sticking with water instead.
Likewise, your kids are going to get hungry during the summer. We hope you get to enjoy an ice cream cone with your children now and then. On a day-to-day basis, it’s better to encourage healthy snacking habits. You can do this by keeping healthy treats, like carrot sticks or chips. Even something like mini pretzels are a better option than candy when it comes to preventing cavities.
And don’t let your kids overeat when it comes to sweets. It’s one thing to have a piece of cake at a birthday party; it’s another thing to eat three pieces in one sitting.
□ Wear Athletic Mouthguards
We love sports at Atlanta West Dentistry. We hope the Braves have a great year, and we hope you kids have fun playing for their baseball and softball teams this summer as well.
When you are getting ready for the game, there’s one piece of equipment that we wish more kids would wear — athletic mouthguards.
While mouthguards are mandatory for a few sports, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends wearing them for almost any time your kids take the field or the court. Athletes who wear mouthguards are 60 times less likely to suffer dental injuries that athletes who don’t wear them.
And the better a mouthguard fits, the more protection it provides. It’s why custom-molded mouthguards are part of our family dentistry.
Just ask how we can make one for all the budding sports heroes in your family.
□ Practice Good Oral Hygiene Every Day
You already know what you should be doing — brushing your teeth twice and flossing between your teeth at least once per day. Still, it’s easy to forget the importance of brushing and flossing correctly, however.
When you and your kids brush, use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Scrub your teeth (but not too hard) on all sides for two minutes to remove as many bacteria and as much plaque as you can.
Also remember to clean between your teeth by using dental floss, flossers, or water flossers in addition to brushing.
□ And Make Plans to Visit Us
We know we mentioned this earlier, but summer is a great time to get a dental checkup. Your kids won’t miss school for a cleaning.
It also can give you some comfort knowing your kids’ mouths are in good shape before you leave for your family vacation. You certainly don’t want a toothache to spoil what was supposed to be a fun, family trip.
Let us help you keep smiling this summer and for many, many summers to come!