Summer’s long days and nights are the perfect opportunity for outdoor fun which is also giving your child more opportunities for mouth injuries. Here are a few tips to keep your active child’s teeth safe this summer.
Bikes & Skateboards
Biking and skateboarding accidents are very common during the summer, especially if your kids are just learning how to ride. Make sure they’re not going to chip their teeth during playing! Head injuries are the most common with biking and skateboarding, and a high percentage of those are when children aren’t wearing helmets. Injuries will be worse without a helmet so it’s important that children understand the importance of wearing one and how to properly put it on.
If your kids are playing sports like soccer, baseball, football, or basketball there are many risks to teeth. The best way to protect your children’s teeth is with a mouthguard, and like a helmet they can be properly fitted for your children’s teeth. A mouthguard will not only protect your children’s teeth, but also their mouth from any lacerations in the mouth or lips.
Most parents don’t believe that their children can lose a tooth while playing in the water. When your child is jumping or diving into the pool, or if they’re horsing around/roughhousing in the pool then this can all cause teeth injury. As a parent, you shouldn’t let your child play in the water unattended and make sure you are watching what they’re doing. Kids should always walk in a pool area and be mindful of how many people are playing around them. Water safety and rules aren’t just to protect against drowning but also to protect their teeth.
Although this is important year round, it’s especially important during the summer months because it’s easy to forget with everything that’s going on. Your child may be eating more ice cream or popsicles so make sure they’re keeping up with drinking water. Summer is also a great time to see their children’s dentist so they can get their dental check up and not miss any school.
Summer is fun and exciting for children so don’t spoil their time with an emergency trip to the dentist. Be sure to teach your child how to play safe and be aware of their surroundings. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s oral health or safety, reach out to the best children’s dentist in Revere, MA at All Pro Dental. To schedule an appointment, you can contact us online or call us directly at (781) 853 – 0111.