Dental Tips for Parents This Summer From Short Pump, Virginia Dentist

It’s nearly summertime, and perhaps, you somehow just remembered that you meant to reschedule your child’s dental appointment from when they were due over six months ago. Well, don’t panic, now is the time to schedule your child for their summer dental appointment! With school nearly coming to an end, you can choose an appointment time that works for you and you won’t have to plan it around any inconvenient school hours.

In addition to scheduling your child for their dental appointment, some other dental tips to consider as a parent this summer to protect your child’s teeth are as follows:

1.Preparing healthy snacks

With the summer heat, we know that cold treats or snacks are a nice way to “cool off” like popsicles, but these sugary treats aren’t the best for the teeth. This is because diet plays a large role in dental health, so by providing a healthy diet for your child and avoiding excess sugary snacks or popsicles, you can really benefit their smiles this summer!

Some great healthy snack options for the summer are as follows:

  • Fresh veggies like celery sticks, carrots or cucumbers with any dip of choice (Ranch is a popular choice or you could also try hummus)
  • Fresh fruit
  • Yogurt
  • Smoothies
  • Crackers and cheese
  • Peanut butter crackers

2.Making sure your child has a steady routine

Don’t let your child skip the nightly teeth brushing even after a long day of playing in the summer heat! An at-home care for your child’s teeth is important and because of a summer schedule, it can sometimes make it difficult to stick to a steady oral hygiene routine with all the fun activities going on. Be sure to stay on top of your child’s oral hygiene routine to ensure that they are brushing at least twice a day and flossing regularly.

3.Encourage the use of a mouthguard

The summer is the best time for the kids to get their energy out while playing sports! However, if your child is playing any contact sports or sports wear injury to a tooth could occur, it would be extremely beneficial to have your child wear a mouthguard. The last thing you want is to have to call for an emergency dental appointment this summer. It is recommended that you contact the dentist to discuss mouth guard options for your child.

At River Run Dental, we have offices located in both Henrico, Virginia near Short Pump, Virginia and Richmond, Virginia. We have summer availability and would love to schedule your children for their summer dental check up today! Please contact us at your earliest convenience to do so.