Pool time, beach days, lightning bugs, fireworks and ice cream – summer is in full swing, and our staff at the Collegeville Gentle Dentist is ready for one of our busiest times of the year. As the days heat up, many of us take the opportunity to chill. We wish you a relaxing summer – and offer a gentle reminder from the Gentle Dentist to enjoy some down time without easing up on routine dental hygiene. Here are our top tips for maintaining a healthy summer smile.
Don’t Take a Break From Brushing
School’s out, and many kids embrace an easier summer schedule – later bedtimes, vacations and sleepovers. With all this fun, most children need extra reinforcement to maintain good dental habits. Use a summer-themed chart and stickers to remind kids to brush their teeth at least twice a day – even on pajama (or bathing suit) days.
Savor Summer Treats in Moderation
Even dental hygienists listen for the ice cream truck in the summer. For many, summer means cotton candy, salt water taffy, ice cream sundaes, and Italian water ice. Balance these sugary treats with farm fresh blueberries, strawberries, peaches, tomatoes and corn from the garden or local farm market. Enjoy – and remember to brush your teeth after eating your favorite summer treats.
Pack the Dental Floss
It’s not just the kids who need to be reminded to stick with a good summer dental routine – adults also tend to slack a bit on summer dental care. Even on vacation, it only takes a few minutes to floss your teeth – a great investment in time, compared to lost hours caused by a toothache.
Dental Accidents Happen – Be Prepared
Sticky caramel, corn on the cob, spur-of-the-moment baseball games without protective gear, roughhousing by the pool and bike mishaps are a part of summer too. Don’t let a broken tooth or loose crown ruin your vacation. The Gentle Dentist is only a call away. We offer after hours and weekend emergency dental care, even in the summer. Call us at (610) 489-9005, and we can help.
Book Your Dental Checkup Now
School holidays are popular times for scheduling routine dental checkups. We still have some available summer dental maintenance appointment slots. Book now to ensure you get the best appointment time for your summer schedule.
Have a happy, healthy summer! We look forward to seeing you soon.