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On topic with Dr. Dill: Oral health during summer break

Crazy schedules and disrupted daily routines can be fun for kids, but they can cause oral health to fall by the wayside. That’s why it’s a good time for some simple ground rules that help keep summer fun and healthy.

Kids stay up late, go to sleepovers, leave for camps and visit relatives. These can all become excuses to forget about good oral hygiene. Remind your kids to pack a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, floss and a retainer (if they wear one). Insist that they make taking care of their teeth a priority – in the morning and in the evening.

Sugary drinks, ice cream, candy, fast food and more snacking than usual can easily become part of your summer rhythm. Keep an eye on your child’s diet and stock up on healthy snacks like fresh fruits and vegetables. Have water on hand instead of high-sugar, decay-causing sodas, juices and sports drinks.

Summer is also the time for swimming, biking, running and general horsing around. Mouth injuries can occur during these activities. Take precautions by wearing a mouth guard during sports and being prepared for accidents. See our article on ways to plan for an emergency and items to include in an emergency dental kit.

Finally, schedule a dental checkup before school begins. If you’re rushing to finish your to-do list as summer comes to an end, the Delta Dental mobile app can help you schedule appointments quickly and easily. Sign in to view available times in your dentist’s schedule*, then book and manage your appointments on your device. Plus, the app lets you access claims information, view coverage details, estimate procedure costs and more.

Starting off the school year with good oral health will help ensure fewer lost school days for your child and fewer lost work days for you.

* Appointment scheduling is powered by our partners at BrighterTM. Availability may vary by geographic area and individual dentist participation in Brighter ScheduleTM.

Meet Delta Dental’s Vice President of Dental Science and Network Strategy, Joseph Dill, DDS. With over 30 years of experience in the dental field, including eight in private practice and 16 in dental insurance, Dr. Dill provides expert insights and helpful advice to keep you smiling bright.