Why Kids Dental Habits Often Slip During The Summer
It is finally May. And as we approach the summer months, parents are all excited about the prospect of summer break for their kids. Summer break means more freedom for kids to go on trips, hangout with friends, and enjoy their break after a school year. But one common problem during summer break is that a lot of kids struggle to keep up with their oral health. In this article, we want to discuss the main causes and the solutions to those problems. If you need to make a summer dental visit in the Lisbon Maine area, give us a call!
Why Do Kids Stop Brushing & Flossing During The Summer
The first main reason kids get out of their oral habits is because they are habits. Habits require repetition in order to stick. It is easy to brush and floss when you have a similar schedule each day. Morning brushing and flossing can happen like clockwork every day before school. But the summer offers freedom for their schedules, which can make upkeeping healthy habits difficult. As a parent, the best thing to do is create ways for your kids to track their oral care. A simple calendar with stickers or even a phone app can help track healthy habits for your kids.
The Importance Of Travel Toothbrushes and Toothpaste For Your Kids
Summer is filled with planned vacations and maybe a few impromptu sleepovers for your kids. Trips and sleepovers can easily break up their oral habits. Sometimes a kid simply forgets to pack a toothbrush, and while it is easy to think “they can go a day or two without brushing or flossing” that break in good habits can quickly lead to them no longer brushing and flossing regularly. A travel bag that has toothpaste, floss, and a toothbrush can make it easier to pack for the beach, a friend’s house, or summer camp.
Children’s Diet Often Changes During the Summer
Another thing to be aware of is a change in diet during the summer. While we all love popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, and a soft-serve, make sure to help your kids enjoy sweets in moderation. Soda, sweets, and sugary foods & desserts can quickly damage your teeth, especially if you are not brushing and flossing on a daily bais. You should let your kids enjoy their favorite ice cream treats but make sure they are brushing and flossing after dessert and enjoying things in moderation.
Make Summer Brea Dental Appointments For Your Kids in Maine
If you live in the Southern Maine area and need to make a dental appointment for your kids during their break, give us a call to find out about availability in the coming weeks and months here at our office in Lisbon.