Summer is finally in full swing, and that means all kinds of fun activities with your child: swimming, sports, and yummy snacks. Sounds perfect, right? Believe it or not, a lot of these activities could be dangerous for your or your kid’s oral health. You’ll want to avoid unnessecary dental care costs as much as you can this summer. That’s why we’re here to talk about 6 ways you can help prevent a dental emergency this summer.
1. Encourage Healthy Snacks
Ice cream and sugary popsicles are popular ways to cool down during those hot summer days. While a sugary snack every once in a while won’t hurt, eating them every day can seriously damage your teeth. All of that sugar can cause bacteria to build up and wear away at your enamel, which can give you tooth sensitivity or even pain. To avoid cavities this summer, limit consumption of sweets. Replace them with healthy snacks like fresh fruits and veggies, yogurt, or cheese.
2. Be Safe When Playing Sports
One of the most common types of injuries in sports is injuries to the mouth. These include broken or chipped teeth, knocked-out teeth, or cut lips. Be sure you and your little one wear a mouthguard when playing sports this summer to protect your teeth and lips.
3. Be Careful Around the Pool
Swimming is a great way to spend a hot summer day, but you have to enforce pool safety to make sure it stays fun. Running around and slipping and cracking a tooth is one of the fastest ways to ruin pool time. Make sure your child knows to be careful around the edge of the pool, as they could chip their teeth on the hard ledges.
If a tooth gets knocked out, be sure to hold it by the crown, or top part, and NOT the root. If possible, place it back in the mouth between the gums and cheek to keep it wet. Contact your emergency dentist right away and let them know. In the meantime, hold the tooth either in the mouth or in a container of milk. The most important thing is to keep it wet until your dentist can hopefully reattach it.
4. Prepare a Dental Emergency Kit
Better to be safe than sorry. Wherever you and your family go this summer, pack a kit with the following items:
- Card with your dentist’s phone number
- Small container with a lid
This way, you will be prepared just in case a tooth gets knocked out.
5. Keep Up with Oral Hygiene Habits
Many of us don’t stick to our routines when we’re on vacation, but oral hygiene is something that should never be neglected, especially if you’re consuming a lot of sugar. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily. Tell your child that before they do anything this summer, they have to brush their teeth. Keeping up with these habits can prevent a toothache from ruining your beautiful summer day.
6. Visit Your Dentist This Summer
Summer is the perfect time to schedule your kid’s dental checkup. They don’t have to miss any school! Their dentist can help diagnose any potential problems early and treat them before they become worse while you’re out of town on vacation.
Although it might be a time for relaxation, summer should not be a reason to slack on your oral health. Be prepared to prevent emergencies to make your summer as stress-free as possible. Contact your dentist for more tips on how to avoid dental emergencies.
About the Author
Dr. Mark Carleton achieved his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. He has more than 25 years of experience in providing patients in the Newtown, PA area with the most up-to-date dental care possible. His patients’ comfort and satisfaction always come first. To ask him more about how to prevent dental emergencies, contact him here or call him at (215)-579-9900.