Summer is almost here. Send your child off to camp or vacation with a healthy smile and some oral health helpers.
As the school year is rapidly coming to a close, many parents are busy planning their child’s summer activities. Whether it includes a family vacation, time spent at a weekend home, or sending your child off to summer camp or to their favorite relative, you should not neglect their pre-summer oral care. Often children will not be close to their trusted pediatric dentist during the summer months—therefore it is very important to have a pre-vacation oral health check-up and cleaning. The last thing any parent wants is to have to deal with their child’s painful oral condition in an unfamiliar location or to get a call from a camp counselor saying that their child is suffering from a toothache.
In addition to visiting your pediatric dentist before vacation, you’ll want to send your child off with a complete oral health care kit. Below are some helpful suggestions on getting your child’s smile “summer-ready” and ensuring that they’ll keep up the good oral health work while away.
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At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we are all about prevention, not only in our office, but in arming our young patients with the necessary education and tools to maintain their oral health at all times—even when away on vacation.
We’ve outlined an important pre-vacation oral health checklist for you to follow:
—Pre-vacation pediatric dental visit. If it is close to your child’s six-month pediatric dental visit, we encourage parents not to wait until after vacation or camp, but instead come in before to prevent any oral health emergencies while away.
—Oral Health Travel Kit. We always send our patients off after each check-up with our own Park View Pediatric Dentistry “Smile Kit.” This is especially important for you to create in situations, like preparing for summer camp, where you will not be there to physically monitor your child’s brushing and flossing. Providing them with their own special dental travel kit will reinforce the importance and positive aspect of maintaining oral care while away. Here is what we recommend:
• Find a fun and colorful special case that is specifically dedicated for their oral care “tools”.
• Include a new toothbrush with a fun cover (many to choose from), toothpaste, floss or flossing sticks and a travel mouthwash.
• A small toothbrush timer is also wise to include, ensuring that they will not skimp on brushing time.
• An encouraging prize or stickers is also great to include to thank them in advance for taking such good care of their smiles.
—A Fitted Mouth Guard. This is a must to include for vacations, especially for camp when lots of physical activities will be taking place. We cannot stress enough the importance of mouth guards. We want all of our patients to play it safe this summer and not experience any dental emergencies. Please see last month’s blog story for more information on mouth guards.
—Be Prepared. Just in case an inevitable emergency should occur, it is always recommended to brush up on possible dental emergencies and necessary actions. Though it is most likely you will not need them, you may also want to do a little pre-research on pediatric doctors and dentists in a vacation area, just to have on hand.
Let’s make the summer of 2014 a safe and happy one for all!
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