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5 Summer Oral Health Tips For Kids

Posted on June 7th, 2024 by

As the sun shines brighter and the days get longer, summer brings a burst of energy and excitement for kids. However, in the middle of all the fun and activities, it’s important not to overlook your child’s dental health. At Art of Modern Dentistry in Chicago, we believe a healthy smile starts with good habits, and summer is the perfect time to reinforce those habits with your children.

Here are 5 summer dental tips for kids to keep your child’s smile shining all season long.

  1. Stay Hydrated for Healthy Teeth:

With the heat of summer, it’s crucial to stay hydrated, not just for overall health but also for dental health. Encourage your kids to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water helps rinse away food particles and bacteria, reducing the risk of cavities and keeping their mouths fresh and clean.

  1. Get a Mouthguard for Sports:

While sunscreen is a summer essential, remember to protect your child’s teeth and gums. Invest in a quality, dentist-approved mouthguard if your child is participating in sports. Not only does it protect their teeth from injury, but it also shields their gums from sunburn which can cause gums to shrivel, potentially leading to loose teeth.

  1. Choose Tooth-Friendly Summer Snacks:

Summer often means more snacking, but for dental health, not all snacks are created equal. Opt for tooth-friendly options like crunchy fruits and vegetables, which help naturally clean teeth and stimulate saliva production. We know it’s not easy, but try to keep sugary snacks like ice cream and sugary drinks to a minimum, as they can contribute to tooth decay.

  1. Maintain Consistent Oral Hygiene Habits:

With a break from school routines, it’s easy for oral hygiene habits to slip under the radar during the summer. Remind your kids to brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Set a timer or make it a fun family activity to ensure they’re spending enough time brushing and flossing properly.

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  1. Schedule a Summer Dental Checkup:

Make the most of your child’s summer break by scheduling a dental checkup at Art of Modern Dentistry. Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining good oral health and catching any issues early on. Our friendly and experienced team will ensure your child’s smile stays bright and healthy all summer long.

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Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it’s also a time to prioritize your child’s summer oral health and oral hygiene routine. Following these five simple, essential dental tips can help your child maintain a healthy smile throughout the summer months and beyond.

Remember, good dental habits formed in childhood set the foundation for a lifetime of oral health. Pediatric dentistry, including Invisalign® orthodontic care, is one of our specialties, so don’t hesitate to contact our Michigan Avenue office at 312-585-2079 or our Lincoln Park office at 773-707-2645 to schedule a dental exam and cleaning for your child. Let’s keep those smiles healthy and shining bright!

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