Skip to Content
Se Habla Español

Summer Dental Tips for Parents

Little boy with a toothbrush

Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy This Season

It's always important to keep your child's teeth clean. But it is especially vital during the summer months when they are more likely to be eating sugary foods and drinks or not keeping up with their regular morning routine.

Here are some tips to help you keep their teeth healthy this season.

Brush Twice Daily

Brushing is still the best way to clean teeth, but sometimes it's hard to get kids to remember when they're away from home.

Encourage your child to brush their teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and at night. If they're resistant, try making it a game or let them choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste.

It's best to use fluoride toothpaste, which will help prevent cavities. If necessary, have older children set a reminder on their phone or tablet to keep them from forgetting.

Floss Once Daily

Flossing is just as important as brushing, as it helps to remove plaque and food between teeth, and should be done once daily. You can help your child floss by getting dental floss that's easy to hold, such as floss picks.

A waterpik is also a good option for those who have small children or don’t feel comfortable with the traditional process.

Limit Sugary Foods and Drinks

Too much sugar can lead to cavities, so limiting sugary foods and drinks is essential, especially during the summer months when your child may be eating more of them.

Try to focus on healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables instead. Think fresh watermelon, grapes, carrot sticks, and other seasonal faves.

Get a Dental Checkup

Make sure to schedule regular dental appointments for your child. This will help ensure their teeth are healthy and that any problems are caught early. It's also a great time to fit in appointments for the whole family while school is out.

Follow Proper Protocol for Braces

If your child has braces, it's important to follow the proper protocol for taking care of them—even during the lazy days of summer. This includes brushing and flossing regularly and avoiding hard and sticky foods that can damage the braces.

Of course, regular orthodontist appointments are still necessary over the summer. Make sure to bring your child in for their regular checkups even when out of school.

Dental Care for the Whole Family

ProHEALTH Dental is here to help you keep your child's teeth healthy this summer! With locations throughout metro New York and New Jersey, we make it easy to get the dental care your family needs. Schedule an appointment with our pediatric dentists today!