Summer is here, and if you’re like most people, your family's schedule is very busy. And that can mean that getting your kids to eat right and maintain good oral hygiene can be challenging. Following are a few oral health tips for summer from dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych that will help you protect your children and their teeth from long-term damage and avoidable accidents.
Keep Up the Oral Hygiene: With vacations, summer camp and days spent playing outdoors, don't be surprised if you need remind your kids to brush and floss. Tossing a few disposable toothbrushes into your bag is a great way to stay prepared.
Schedule Checkups Now: Many parents tend to schedule dental checkups in August, right before school starts again. But to prevent dental problems over the rest of summer, book your child’s appointment with your dentist Columbia now so they will have a clean bill of dental health for the start of the school year.
Keep Your Kitchen Stocked with Healthier Foods: It's hard to limit snacking when the children are home all day, but you can stock the fridge with healthier options. Keep them clean and ready so they’ll be more likely to choose them.
Do Your Best to Prevent Dental Emergencies: It wouldn't be summer without lots of swimming and other playground activities. And while these are great fun, they can result in a dental injury. Parents can be prepared by following the following tips from your dentist Columbia.
- Make sure your children know and adhere to the pool rules. Studies indicate that many of the summer oral injuries dentists treat are the result of an accident in the pool.
- Know what to do in the event of an injury. Getting to your dentist Columbia right away is important, but in the meantime use warm water and cold packs to clean the area and reduce swelling and gauze to stop any bleeding. If possible, place a lost permanent tooth back in the mouth; if not, use salt water or milk to keep it moist while you travel to the dentist.
- Be sure to pack an emergency dental care kit to take along on vacation that includes a handkerchief, gauze, a small container with a lid, ibuprofen and your dentist's contact information.