Summer Vacation and Your Child’s Oral Health

Posted by LITTLE BYTES PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY on Sep 14 2017, 08:54 AM

Just because your family is taking a vacation this summer, doesn’t mean your child’s oral health should! School’s out for summer, and it’s a great time to soak up some sunshine with your loved ones on vacation! Before you check out of everyday routine and check into your tropical paradise, foreign excursion, or backyard adventure, consider these easy steps towards maintaining top oral wellness for the littlest teeth in your family!

Monitor Your Munchies

Everyone likes to indulge in sugars and sweets- especially on vacation!- but it’s important to remember that children have sensitive teeth that can be subject to decay if they’re not routinely cleaned and cared for. Try to pack healthy snacks when you’re prepping for you vacation so that your kids have something nutritious to munch on while they’re out on an excursion or lounging on the beach! Limit dessert time and remember that it’s best for anyone to snack on sweets around the same time as eating the rest of a meal, rather than waiting until hours later, in order to minimize acid production in the mouth!

Remember Routine

Your whole family is probably going to be exhausted at the end of your long, fun days on the go, so make sure you remind your kids to brush and floss before they crash into bed each night! Being away from home can make slipping out of routine almost more natural than keeping it, but it’s important to remember that plaque and decay never go on vacation, so neither can your healthy habits! Consider using teeth-brushing time as a way for the whole family to debrief about the day passed and to make a plan for the day to come!

Visit Dr. Haghpanah Before You Go!

Have you ever heard that the best defense is a good offense? That holds true for pediatric dental care! By taking measures like visiting our Palo Alto office before leaving for vacation this summer, you can ensure that your child’s mouth is in its healthiest state well before his or her smile is ever put in jeopardy. If your child has any underlying dental issues, Dr. Haghpanah can ensure they are resolved well before vacation time, so the whole family can enjoy their getaway!

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