Dental Tips Blog

Jun
18

Don’t Let Oral Hygiene Slack Off in the Summer

Although your kids are out of school for the summer, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still homework to do! Many children enjoy relaxing, sleeping in, and taking it easy…but some of them do this with their oral hygiene habits as well. As a result, bad oral care habits can form which can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and bad breath.

Summer is a great time to schedule your child’s routine teeth cleaning and dental exam.  If any dental work is needed, it can be completed without missing school.  Between dental visists, remind your children to:

Brush their teeth twice each day.

In the summer, there’s absolutely no reason why your child can’t work brushing into their routine. After all, they aren’t packing up school lunches or cramming in last minute homework projects. Get them a timer and have them brush for a minimum of two minutes, twice each day. In fact, adding in a 3rd brushing session mid-day isn’t a bad idea either! Remind them to brush along the gumlines on all surfaces of the teeth. Younger children may need help during their bedtime brushing session to make sure they go to sleep with clean teeth.  

Floss every day.

Even if you’re on vacation, you need to clean between your teeth. The areas between our teeth are highly susceptible to tooth decay. If the gums bleed when your child flosses, then they are likely developing gingivitis in those areas. Floss every day for 2 weeks before expecting bleeding to go away for good. 

Use fluoride mouth-rinse before bed.

Mouth-rinse does not eliminate the need for brushing and flossing, but if it contains fluoride then it can help strengthen areas of the teeth that are weaker than others. Bedtime is the best time to use it, since your child won’t be eating or drinking after using the rinse.

Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry

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