It’s summer, and you know what that means—summer vacations. Whether those vacations are with the family or your kids going off to camp, summer is a time many of us get a short break from our regular routine.
When any of us are able to vacate our regular routines for a week or two, we tend to vacate many aspects of it: work, exercise, healthy eating and, yes, even brushing and flossing our teeth twice a day.
While traveling this summer, don’t let your kids’ dental health be forgotten. Here are some quick tips for maintaining you and your child’s dental health this summer.
Pack Your Oral Hygiene Essentials
When packing for vacation, don’t forget to pack your oral hygiene essentials. These include:
Another good rule of thumb is to throw in a few extras. They have most of these in travel sizes now. Just remember to bag your toothpaste and mouthwash within your carry-on if your family is flying to get to your destination.
Bring Healthy Snacks Along for the Ride
We’re probably all not the best at eating healthy when on vacation. It’s a time to enjoy good food and new restaurants, right? While it’s okay to indulge every now and then, bringing along healthy snacks will help ensure you don’t overindulge the good food, and it will help protect your teeth and your kids’ teeth.
Here are a few ideas of smart snacks to bring along, or get when you arrive at your destination:
- Pretzels (low-salt)
- Unbuttered popcorn
- Low or non-fat yogurt
- Low or non-fat cheese
- Sunflower seeds
- Sliced meats
Set Phone Reminders
As a way to help your kids remember to brush their teeth while on summer vacation, set a reminder in your phone once in the morning and once in the evening so they can have scheduled time to brush their teeth. This may help you and your spouse remember, as well.
And as a side note, if your child is traveling alone to summer camp or visiting a family member, pack all of their oral hygiene essentials with some reminder notes to brush and floss daily.
Bathroom Breaks on the Road Are Optimal Tooth-Brushing Times
Another quick tip if your family is taking a road trip this summer is to combine tooth-brushing time with bathroom breaks on the road. This will ensure your child brushes his/her teeth—especially if he/she has been having sugary snacks on the way.
Consistent Bedtimes Are Good for Health and Teeth
As easy as it may be to let your kids stay up later since you’re on vacation, consistent bedtimes are good for their health and teeth. Even when you’re on vacation, you need enough sleep to give you energy for the day. Additionally, staying up later typically leads to late-night snacking on not-so-good snacks. If your kids go to bed early, they won’t be as tempted to needlessly snack. You can also help with this by replacing any junk-food snacks that might be lying around with healthier options.
How do you help your kids keep up with their regular dental habits when on summer vacation? Leave your thoughts and tips below.