Summertime is here! Time for trips to the beach, pool parties and fun in the sun.

With more relaxed schedules, it’s easy for kids to get off their routine. Here are 10 tips to help keep their teeth healthy all summer long.

10. Keep a Calendar

Visual reminders are awesome for helping kids create consistent brushing habits.

Post a calendar by the sink with space for two stars each day – morning and night. Kids delight in seeing a week full of stars and you get less stress when it comes to time to brush.

You can print brushing calendars for each month from the American Dental Association. We also found this one online that can used for any week.

Bonus points for taking the calendar on vacation to Grandma’s house. 🙂

9. Reward Good Habits

When you child fills up a week of stars, congratulate them for a job well done. It might be a small toy from the local dollar store or even some 1 on 1 time with Mom & Dad. Little prizes* mean the world to a kid. Use them to encourage good oral hygiene.

* Be sure to reward with non-food items. An ice cream sundae doesn’t really send the right message. 😉

8. Make It Fun

Brushing your teeth can be a blast with the right attitude. Change up toothbrushes with their favorite superheroes or try new toothpaste from their favorite show.

A little variety makes brush time more exciting and helps your kids choose products they like.

7. Brush to the Beat

Create a kid-friendly playlist of 2-minute tunes and turn one on at brush time. Your kids can rock out as they brush for the ADA recommended two minutes.

Just be sure to keep your phone handy for some entertaining brush-time dance videos.

6. Minimize the Sweets

We get it. As long as there’s a sun in the sky, kids are going to eat sugar. And that’s okay.

But, there are ways to minimize sugar intake without sucking the joy out of summer.

Replace popsicles and cookies with sugar-free snacks like nuts and watermelon. When you do enjoy sweets, skip the Kool-Aid and sodas afterward. Instead, follow up with a glass of water.

These simple switches will not only save your kids’ teeth, but give them energy to play all summer long.

Bonus Points: Water is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay less expensive than soda.

5. Eat Healthy

Minimizing sugar is only half the equation. It’s also important to include healthy foods.

Certain dairy foods and nuts are great sources of calcium. And leafy greens like lettuce, kale and spinach contain calcium, folic acid and can even help scrub your teeth clean.

For more info, check out Colgate’s 7 Best Foods for Healthy Teeth.

4. Travel With Your Toothbrush

Don’t forget your teeth when you go on vacation! Be sure to pack a travel kit with the following items:

  • Travel Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Dental Picks (If you use them)

3. Make a Mouthguard Part of Your Uniform

Many kids are involved in sports or other high-impact activities during summer. Consistent proper use of a mouthguard can save your child’s teeth from serious injury.

We recommend the “boil and bite” style of mouth protection. These conform to the shape of your mouth after boiling in water, protecting teeth better than stock mouth guards.

2. Be Their Example

Kids emulate their heroes. And for children 6 and under, there’s no bigger hero than Mom and Dad.

Enjoy brushing your teeth morning and night. Let you kids know how good it feels to have clean teeth.

When they see you having a good time, they’re far more likely to adopt the habit for themselves.

1. Celebrate Checkups

School’s out. It’s the perfect time to schedule your 6-month checkups. But, going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a bummer.

We love kids at Lake Norman Dentistry. Our friendly staff goes above and beyond to make sure dental visits are fun and relaxed every child. You can reinforce those positive feelings with rewards and praise during and after the checkup.

Ready for Your Summertime Checkup?

Call 704-895-3858 or click here to book your next appointment.