Summertime Oral Care Tips

 

 Dentist in West Hollywood

There’s no time like the summer. Whether you like to barbecue, soak up the sun, or take a dip in the pool, summer is a time for relaxation and recharging! Because of this, it can be easy to slip out of the “normal” daily routine, especially in regards to your child’s dental health. Even though summertime brings warmth, relaxation, and sweet treats, it’s vital that you stay on top of your child’s oral health habits during this season. Just a few weeks of skipping proper dental care can lead to a whole host of problems down the road. To prevent tooth decay and other oral health issues this summer, here are the top five oral care tips from the reputable dentist in West Hollywood, Dr. Omid Farahmand.

        1. Book dental checkups at the beginning of summer.

Often times, the summer quickly gets away from us. There is no better time to schedule one of those bi-annual appointments than the summertime, when your child is out of school and your family’s schedule is more flexible. Many families wait until the end of summer to schedule their appointments, and no appointment times are left. It’s important to schedule your child’s routine checkup as soon as summer begins to ensure they can be seen before the start of the schoolyear.

       2. Pack extra toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste when traveling.

If your child travels extensively over the summer, make sure to pack extra dental care tools in their luggage. Dental hygiene items easily get lost at summer camps, vacation resorts, and during travel. You don’t want your child skipping brushing for two weeks because of a misplaced toothbrush. Pack doubles of toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash in your child’s toiletry bag.

       3. Avoid consuming too many sweet treats and biting down on ice.

Try to limit your child’s intake of sugary treats. With the ice cream truck driving around the neighborhood and popsicles at summer camp, it can be difficult to resist sugary temptation. Remember to encourage your child to make healthy choices and try substituting artificial treats for natural ones like homemade popsicles, smoothies, or fresh fruit. Also, encourage your child to avoid chewing on ice. Ice can chip a tooth and tear up their gums.

       4. Listen to the lifeguard.

When it comes to pool rules, you want to be extremely diligent when enforcing them. Slippery decks can lead to cracked teeth, broken jaws, and bloody mouths. To avoid a dental emergency this summer, make sure your kids follow standard pool safety rules including no running, no horse play, and no diving unless permitted.

By following these simple guidelines, you and your family can enjoy the summertime safely!

For further information or to make an appointment with the highly reputable dentist in West Hollywood, Dr. Farahmand, DMD, please contact OF Dental Care at 310.273.3650 or visit www.OFDentalCare.com to learn more.

 

 

 

 

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