Summer’s here and that means your child is going to be involved in a lot more outdoor activities in the coming months. So whether it’s swimming in the pool or playing sports in a summer league, there are some very important things to consider when it comes to keeping their mouths and teeth safe and healthy throughout the summer.
Sugary Snacks and Drinks
Kids love their sugary sodas and popsicles, especially during the hottest months of the year. But exposing them to too much is just asking for dental problems down the line. Instead of letting their summer be a smorgasbord of bad dieting habits, limit their sugar intake by giving them water to rehydrate after being outside all day and provide fruit to snack on over potentially damaging sweets.
The swimming pool is often the most popular place to be for kids all summer long. But too much time in the water can actually be detrimental to the health of their teeth. That’s due to the chemicals used in the water to keep it clean and bacteria-free. Too much exposure to this water can result in discoloration of teeth through a brown tartar that develops from the chemical treatments and only a dentist can clean away those stains.
Be sure your child is also being safe about where he or she dives into the pool. If the bottom is too shallow, they run the risk of sustaining serious dental injury if their mouth should hit the floor or sides of the pool by mistake. It’s always a good idea to monitor your child at all the times around a swimming pool and doing so can keep them from injuring their mouth during playtime.
Mouth Guard Use
When summer sports are in full swing, it’s a good idea to have your child fitted for a mouthpiece to protect their teeth from getting knocked loose or chipped in the heat of competition. A good mouth guard can also protect the gums from getting lacerated in the event your child falls down or collides with another on the field. Ask your child’s dentist about getting a mouth guard or visit any sporting goods retailer to get one that your child will want to wear. Depending on the sport your child is involved in, you may wish to get a custom fitted option for better protection.