By contactus@gratefuldentistry.com
May 15, 2017
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As we approach the end of the school year, it’s time to start preparing for the hectic summer months. For a lot of kids, this also means the fun and freedom of summer camp. But how can you ensure that your child is making mouth-healthy choices while away? We’ve come up with a few tips that will help you prepare your child for an awesome – and healthy – stay away from home.

1 – See your Dentist for a Cleaning and check up!

A great place to start is by scheduling your child’s appointment for a cleaning and check- up.  Have your dentist do a thorough exam to check for any cavities that may start acting up over the summer while your child is away from home.  Have your dental hygienist go over proper brushing and flossing techniques as well as talking to them about the importance of eating healthy, drinking water and limiting sugary drinks such as soda, lemonade and sports drinks. Encourage them not to overindulge on desserts and sweets while away, and be sure that they don’t eat too much junk food – like chips, crackers and other starchy foods – that can stick to their teeth and eat away at their enamel.

2 – Pack a Healthy Mouth Go-Bag

Create a small, packable bag that has everything your kids need to keep their mouths clean. We suggest packing an electric travel toothbrush, as well as travel-sized toothpaste, mouthwash and floss.  Make sure that their go-bag is small enough to pack away in a backpack, and put it somewhere that it won’t get lost. Travel-sized items are recommended, but you may need to pack additional amounts if their camp lasts longer than a week.

3 – Send Reminders

Children are forgetful, and in a busy environment like summer camp, they’re also distracted and likely to forego brushing their teeth in favor of hanging out with new friends. An awesome way to get your kids to take care of their teeth is by occasionally sending them some simple reminders. Text your child when they wake up, and right before they go to bed to remind them to brush and floss! Worried that you may forget to send them a reminder? Another way to reach them is by setting simple, recurring reminders on their phone that will alert them when it is time to brush.

Summer camp can be a rewarding experience for both children and parents alike. With this guide, your camper can keep their mouth healthy and cavity free, which is just one less thing you’ll have to worry about this summer.


By contactus@gratefuldentistry.com
March 21, 2017
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Spring is here! For many of us, this is the time to thoroughly clean our homes of dust and cobwebs, get rid of clutter and let a breath of fresh air into our life. But what about your smile? Even with regular daily brushing and flossing, routine cleanings, or “prophylaxis” (literally “preventive treatment of disease”) at the dentist should be an important part of your spring routine. A twice-annual examination, check-up, and cleaning are highly recommended. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, getting a professional cleaning a least twice a year has a significant impact on the quality of a person’s long-term oral health.

On top of keeping your smile squeaky clean and making sure your oral health is in check, a professional cleaning appointment gives you the opportunity to have a conversation with your dentist and dental hygienist about your daily dental routine or any concerns you may have. Regular exams and cleanings can give your dentist a good idea of what your habits are, allowing them to suggest changes you can make to improve your oral health. Take time for yourself and your teeth – schedule a spring cleaning appointment with your dentist and keep your smile bright!

 

By contactus@gratefuldentistry.com
September 19, 2016
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Backpack? Check. Booster shots? Check. Teeth cleaning? Check!


Regular dental visits are important year-round, but a back-to-school checkup is key in fighting the most common chronic disease found in school-age children:cavities.

In fact, dental disease causes children to miss more than 51 million school hours each year. 

Prevention and early detection can help avoid pain, trouble eating, difficulty speaking and school absences. “When people are beginning to do their pediatrician checks to make sure their kids are school-ready, make sure teeth are part of it,” says pediatric dentist and American Dental Association spokesperson Dr. Mary Hayes. 

 


 

By contactus@gratefuldentistry.com
September 19, 2016
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By contactus@gratefuldentistry.com
June 21, 2016
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Oral Health Tips for Summer

Summer is here, and your family's schedule is topsy-turvy. That means getting your kids to eat right and maintain good oral hygiene can be a struggle. And with all this extra activity, there may even be a dental emergency or two. Here are a few oral health tips for summer that will help you protect the kids and their developing teeth from long-term damage and avoidable mishaps.

Keep Up That Oral Hygiene

Brushing twice a day and flossing daily is as important in the summer as it is in any other season. But with vacations, camp and lots of days spent at the pool, don't be surprised if you frequently need to remind your kids to brush and floss.

Now is a great time to buy new toothbrushes to replace the old, worn out or "germy" ones. In fact, you should stock up on extra brushes, as well as travel-sized toothpaste and floss for those summer trips and days out..

Now's the Time for Checkups

Parents tend to schedule dental checkups in August, right before class starts. But to prevent dental problems over summer, book the kids in right after school ends. This way, the kids will have a clean bill of dental health for summer. The last thing you want is a child suffering from a toothache while away on summer vacation.

Stock a Healthy Kitchen

Keep the summer from being an "acid attack" on your family's teeth by investing in healthy snacks. It's hard to limit snacking when the kids are home all day, but with the availability of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, you can stock the fridge with healthy options. Be sure to keep the fruits and veggies clean and ready to grab. You'll feel better about snacking when the kids are reaching for blueberries and strawberries instead of candy and cookies. And swap out the sugary, acidic soft drinks with bottled water.

Prevent Dental Emergencies

It wouldn't be summer without lots of swimming, bike riding, volleyball and other playground activities. And while these are great fun, they can unfortunately result in a dental injury. Parents can be prepared for the worst by following these tips:

·         Make sure your kids follow the "pool rules." According to the Academy of General Dentistry, many of the summer oral injuries dentists treat are due to a pool accident. Running on slippery pool decks, diving into shallow waters or bumping the pool ledge with their mouth causes many children to either chip or knock a tooth loose.

·         Know what to do yourself. Getting to the dentist right away is important, there are things you can do to help. Use warm water and cold packs first, to clean the area and reduce swelling, respectively. Use gauze to stop any bleeding. Place a lost permanent tooth back in the mouth, if possible. If not, use salt water or milk to keep it moist for the ride to the dentist.

Summer can really throw your routine for a loop. But by following these oral health tips for summer, your kids can start the school year with great oral hygiene.





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