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How to Prevent Tooth Decay This Summer

How to Prevent Tooth Decay This Summer Pediatric Dentist Dearborn

Summer means your child will be eating more popsicles, ice cream, and other sweet treats that cause cavities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease affecting American children. Fortunately, our pediatric dentists have a few tricks up their sleeves to help your child avoid a mouth full of cavities.

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 their toothbrush and toothpaste are 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 their 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 tooth decayand emergency visits to their pediatric dentist. No parent wants emergency dental care to interrupt their child's summer vacation. The best way to prevent a cavity from forming is to make sure they maintain good oral hygiene over the summer.

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 cavities in children 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 dentistfor 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. One of our experienced pediatric dentists can give you suggestions for healthy snacks.

Schedule Preventive Care

We provide pediatric dental care because our dentists have the training and experience needed to treat growing smiles. For example, your child's pediatric dentist may recommend dental sealants to prevent tooth decay in molars. A routine oral examination and teeth cleaning will also reveal whether your child has tooth decay. It is always our goal to catch cavities as soon as possible so we can prevent tooth pain and intensive procedures.

Our pediatric dentists want to help your child create a solid foundation for oral health. To schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric dentists, call any of our offices in Dearborn, Canton, and Livonia.