School is out for the summer and the sun is here to play! While summer vacation means more fun, it can throw off your normal dental routine. Here are three ways to stick to your routine and prevent summertime tooth decay.

1. Avoid Sugary Drinks and Snacks

As it gets hotter, it’s normal to drink those carbonated beverages and sugary snacks during sports tournaments, festivals or any community event. Be sure to watch your family’s consumption of lemonade and soda as too much of these tasty drinks can be harmful to your teeth. A great substitute is water, because staying hydrated is very important, especially in the Summer heat. Avoiding sugary snacks is healthy for your teeth as it allows time for saliva to bathe your teeth and wash away leftover food.

2. Establish a Routine

It’s very important for families to consistently brush and floss. Establishing a routine helps to keeps kids on track for healthy back-to-school dental visits. No matter how busy the Summer months become, ensure that your kids are brushing twice a day for 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Don’t forget to floss! Help your children floss between any two teeth that touch. 

3. Schedule Your Back-to-School Dental Visit Early

It’s a great idea to schedule your child’s back-to-school appointment early in the summer to avoid the August rush. We can help take care of any issues, so your child doesn’t have to miss class once school starts. Visiting the dentist regularly can help your child’s smile stay healthy all year long.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment before school starts back up, fill out this form and we will get you in to keep those smiles looking great!