Dental Tips for Your Child During the Summer

Grand Rapids Pediatric Dentists

It’s summertime, which means your child will most likely be eating more cavity-causing foods such as pop, popsicles, and ice cream to stay cool. However, during all the summer fun, make sure that your child is taking care of their teeth so that come September they don’t have a mouth full of cavities. As a Grand Rapids pediatric dentistry, we take our responsibility toward children’s dental healthseriously and offer our easy-to-follow dental hygiene tips for parents to make sure your child’s smile stays happy and healthy.

Pack a Toothbrush for Overnight Visits

If your child is sleeping over at a friend’s house or visiting grandma for the weekend, make sure that their children's toothbrush and toothpaste is packed. If you’re worried grandma won’t enforce teeth brushing, we recommend buying your child an inexpensive toothbrush with their favorite character on it. This can provide an incentive for them to try out their new toothbrush during their weekend away.

Keep Bedtime Routines Consistent while Traveling

During the fun and excitement of a summer trip, it can be easy for a child to forget to brush their teeth. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, make sure you remind your child when it’s time to brush their teeth once you get back to the hotel room.

Sometimes it can be hard for children to stick to routines when in a new place. This is why we recommend laying your child’s toothbrush and toothpaste out on the bathroom counter as a reminder for them to brush their teeth. Make sure to keep other parts of your nighttime routine consistent to help them remember when it’s time to brush their teeth.

Making sure your child brushes their teeth every night will prevent cavities and having to make a phone call to your child’s pediatric dental professional.

Limit Sweets

Nothing attracts a child’s attention more than the siren call of an ice cream truck. (Who can blame them?) With the way ice cream trucks relentlessly stalk suburban communities and apartment complexes, we understand how it can be easy for children to give in to their sweet tooth. However, skipping the ice cream truck will help prevent childhood cavities and relieve your pocketbook.

As the parent, you have control over what foods find their way into your grocery cart. Save the really sugary foods for special events, such as the Fourth of July or a family member’s birthday. Learning that sweets are a “sometimes food” is one of the best life lessons you can give your child.

If your child has a stubborn sweet tooth, you can substitute the really sugary stuff for all-fruit popsicles or yogurt in fun flavors such as root beer or strawberry cheesecake. Be sure to talk to your child’s pediatric dentist for more advice on limiting sweets.

Don’t Overdo Snacks

It’s only natural to want to make sure your children are getting enough to eat. However, make sure that you aren’t giving your children too many snacks throughout the day. Believe us when we say your children will let you know when they’re hungry. When they sound the alarm, then you can bring out the snacks. An experienced pediatric dentist can give you suggestions for healthy snacks.

If you are interested in our pediatric dental services, please feel free to give our Grand Rapids pediatric dentists a call at (616) 942-9840. Dr. Kingma DDS is dedicated toward helping parents teach their children healthy oral habits that will last a lifetime.