Summer Smiles

Teeth brushing –  a family affair

Summer is just around the corner, but with the changes to a perhaps more active lifestyle, including more fresh air and al fresco eating, it doesn’t mean there’s an excuse to neglect your oral hygiene.  The whole family can benefit from introducing a teeth brushing before you go routine.  It won’t be long before the children are used to brushing before leaving the house for a trip, whatever the plan.  You could keep a chart for morning and bed-time brushes for everyone and introduce a rewards system for those who stick to it.  

It’s too easy to grab a sugary snack

No matter where you’re heading, you’ll have access to an endless choice of sweet treats, and even crisps and nuts may have sugars which can lead to tooth decay and cavities over time. Why not take a little time to pack cubes of cheese, nuts, seeds, grapes, oranges and apple slices for the whole family?  Stick to water for hydration, rather than sugary drinks.  If processed sugars become a treat which must be followed by brushing, children will soon adapt to time and place for this and won’t expect them all through the day.  

Remember to protect the mouth from injury

Sports injuries, or those occurring from simple play, can result in damage to teeth or even loss of teeth.  Roots might be broken and if the injured person uses braces, the injury could be severe.  Ask your dentist about a mouthguard.  This will give you peace of mind and will encourage your child to take responsibility for their own safety.

It’s easier to fit in a visit your dentist out of term time and it makes sense to do so just before the return to school.  It means you’re not adding another to the list of after-school activities.  Dental health needn’t be a chore for anyone!

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