May 15, 2017
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As we approach the end of the school year, it’s time to start preparing for the hectic summer months. For a lot of kids, this also means the fun and freedom of summer camp. But how can you ensure that your child is making mouth-healthy choices while away? We’ve come up with a few tips that will help you prepare your child for an awesome – and healthy – stay away from home.

1 – See your Dentist for a Cleaning and check up!

A great place to start is by scheduling your child’s appointment for a cleaning and check- up.  Have your dentist do a thorough exam to check for any cavities that may start acting up over the summer while your child is away from home.  Have your dental hygienist go over proper brushing and flossing techniques as well as talking to them about the importance of eating healthy, drinking water and limiting sugary drinks such as soda, lemonade and sports drinks. Encourage them not to overindulge on desserts and sweets while away, and be sure that they don’t eat too much junk food – like chips, crackers and other starchy foods – that can stick to their teeth and eat away at their enamel.

2 – Pack a Healthy Mouth Go-Bag

Create a small, packable bag that has everything your kids need to keep their mouths clean. We suggest packing an electric travel toothbrush, as well as travel-sized toothpaste, mouthwash and floss.  Make sure that their go-bag is small enough to pack away in a backpack, and put it somewhere that it won’t get lost. Travel-sized items are recommended, but you may need to pack additional amounts if their camp lasts longer than a week.

3 – Send Reminders

Children are forgetful, and in a busy environment like summer camp, they’re also distracted and likely to forego brushing their teeth in favor of hanging out with new friends. An awesome way to get your kids to take care of their teeth is by occasionally sending them some simple reminders. Text your child when they wake up, and right before they go to bed to remind them to brush and floss! Worried that you may forget to send them a reminder? Another way to reach them is by setting simple, recurring reminders on their phone that will alert them when it is time to brush.

Summer camp can be a rewarding experience for both children and parents alike. With this guide, your camper can keep their mouth healthy and cavity free, which is just one less thing you’ll have to worry about this summer.