Don’t Let Good Brushing Habits Take A Summer Break

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Summer break is the perfect time to relax and take a break from strenuous routines like back and forth shuttles to school, packing backpacks, homework and so on. But – it should never include taking a break from good brushing habits.

More than likely, you’ve put in a lot of quality time to get your kids into a twice-a-day for 2 minutes brushing routine so follow these five tips to make sure they stick to it all summer.

  1. Make brushing fun. Put a fun spin on the time your child spends brushing his or her teeth, so it’s never seen as a chore. Play a fun song, like one from this kids brushing playlist, or use an app like the Disney Magic Timer by Oral-B

  2. Reward good brushing practices.Everyone likes incentives, and stickers, reward charts and picking out a bedtime story are all healthy rewards for good brushing practices. Here’s printable tooth brushing chart to get you started.

  3. Go shopping.Let your child pick out his or her own toothbrush and toothpaste in whatever color or character they love. Having a special toothbrush – specially chosen by your child - goes a long way to getting them excited about brushing. Buy a brush that carries the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance and a toothpaste that contains fluoride.

  4. Brush with your kids.Brushing with your kids sets a great example for building good dental habits. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests to monitor your child’s brushing and flossing until they are 7 to 8 years of age, and hey, you have to brush your teeth anyway, so why not do it together?

  5. Never skip brushing.It’s easy to get out of a routine in the summer, especially with vacations. Fun activities like staying up late to watch fireworks, camping and visiting with family can make for a long day, tempting you to let brushing slip. It’s important not to give in. The more second nature brushing is, the easier it is to stick to the habit.

If you have questions about your child’s teeth and how to care for them, contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Vacek. He specializes in family dentistry, including pediatrics, and will answer all your questions and help your child learn proper brushing and flossing techniques you can reinforce at home. Rest assured, if a problem does arise, your child is in great hands!

Dr. Craig Vacek