Bright Smiles and Sunny Days:
Your Comprehensive Guide to Children’s Dental Health This Summer

Summer is not just a season; it’s a feeling. It’s the laughter of children playing in the yard, the joy of family picnics, the taste of freshly churned ice cream. But amidst all the festivities, it’s easy to overlook something essential – your children’s dental health.

Did you know tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children aged 6 to 19? (CDC).

At Berkers Family Dentistry, we’ve created a guide to keeping your children’s teeth healthy all summer long, so the smiles never fade away.

1. Stick to a Routine

a. Regular Brushing and Flossing

With 42% of children experiencing cavities in their primary teeth (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research), consistent brushing and flossing are vital. Make sure children brush twice a day and floss once.

b. Rinse with Mouthwash

For children above six, rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash can enhance protection.

2. Healthy Eating Habits

a. Limit Sugary Treats

Excessive sugar consumption can increase the risk of cavities. Try fruits and yogurt instead.

b. Balanced Diet

Include calcium- and vitamin D-rich foods, as they can strengthen teeth and bones.

c. Hydration

A study shows that drinking water can increase saliva production, which helps neutralize acids (Journal of the ADA).

3. Protective Gear for Active Kids

a. Wear Mouth Guards

Mouthguards have been found to reduce the risk of sports-related dental injuries by 60% (American Dental Association).

b. Helmets.

Full-size helmets and face protectors are recommended for children participating in speed and impact or collision sports. This type of gear should be fitted correctly to offer the best protection.

4. Travel Tips for Dental Care

a. Pack Dental Essentials

Include all dental necessities when traveling.

b. Know Your Emergency Contacts

We assisted the Johnson family last summer when they had a dental emergency during their vacation. Have your local dental contacts ready!

5. Regular Dental Check-ups

a. Schedule Summer Appointments

Regular checkups can catch early signs of dental problems.

b. Follow Professional Advice

Take notes during visits and follow your dentist’s tailored advice.

6. Educate Your Children

a. Teach Dental Care Importance

Children who understand dental care are more likely to maintain good habits.

b. Reward Good Behavior

A reward chart helped young Sarah from our clinic maintain her dental hygiene routine all summer.

Conclusion: A Summer Full of Smiles

Your children’s smiles are the sunshine of your life, and keeping them radiant is easier than you think. With these tips and real-life examples from Berkers Family Dentistry, you can ensure that the joyful sound of laughter accompanies a beautiful, healthy smile all summer long.

Isn’t it time for those summer dental checkups? Book a consultation with Berkers Family Dentistry in Kaukauna by clicking here. Together, we’ll ensure those smiles stay as bright as the summer sun!