Summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to ensure that your child has healthy teeth and gums before they go back to school.

Of course, a dental checkup and cleaning will not only help your child feel their best, but it can also prevent future dental issues. Plus, with summer in full swing, it’s crucial to know some best practices to keep your child’s teeth healthy throughout the season.

That’s why we’re here today — to help you take a closer look at their summer smiles!

Can’t Skip the Cleanings

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children should have their first dental visit around the age of one, and they should continue with regular checkups every six months.

Moreover, it stresses the impact dental problems can have on a student’s day-to-day life at school. “More than one-half of all children aged 5 to 9 years have at least one cavity or filling,” the ADA reports. “A painful tooth or chronic dental problem can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking and concentrating.”

Thus, with the school year rapidly approaching, now is the time to schedule your child’s back-to-school dental cleaning. A back-to-school dental cleaning can help identify any cavities, gum disease, or other dental issues early, making it easier to treat them quickly.

Ensuring a Safe Summer

Apart from back-to-school dental cleanings, there are several best practices you and your child can follow to maintain good oral hygiene all summer long. Firstly, encourage your child to maintain a healthy diet and limit sugary snacks and drinks. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can also help wash away dirt and food debris from teeth, promoting healthy teeth and gums.

Second, when it comes to summer sports, taking a little time to get a mouthguard can go a long way.

“Soft plastic mouthguards can be used to protect a child’s teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums from sport-related injuries.,” the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends. “A custom-fitted mouthguard developed by a pediatric dentist will protect your child from injuries to the teeth, face and even provide protection from severe injuries to the head.”

Third, and most importantly, routine brushing and flossing can also help prevent cavities and gum disease. It’s recommended that children brush their teeth twice daily for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, and floss once daily.

Planning Ahead With a Pediatric Dentist

All in all, as summer comes to a close, make sure to prioritize your child’s oral health before they head back to school. After all, with these best practices, your child can enjoy a healthy, happy smile all year round.

And at the Office of Cochran, Soares and Associates, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality dental care for your children regardless of whether school is in or out!

Our team of board-certified pediatric dental professionals is committed to helping your family effortlessly transition back to school and dental routines. Our years of experience, coupled with a warm welcome and beautiful smiles, demonstrate our focus on prioritizing your family’s comfort and well-being.

Get started on booking your back-to-school dental appointment by contacting us today! We can’t wait to ensure that your family’s smiles remain bright throughout the new academic year.