Getting Your Kids ‘Dental’ Ready For Summer Camp
Summer camp is a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn independence while enjoying novel activities with peers. However, summer camp can be a source of anxiety for parents as they worry how their kids will take care of themselves without them. One common concern is if their child will thoroughly brush and floss their teeth, or even remember to brush at all.
What to Pack
- When you’re out buying that new swimsuit or play clothes, stroll over to the toothbrush aisle and buy them a colorful, new toothbrush that may get them excited about brushing their teeth. Toothbrushes come in a wide variety of styles, and some even depict popular cartoon characters. Selecting a brightly decorated toothbrush will help the child spot it easily amongst other campers’ toothbrushes.
- Consider buying your child a new tube of toothpaste to take to camp as well.
- Speak to your child about being a leader among the campers by trying to encourage others to brush alongside her.
Review Brushing and Flossing Techniques
- Many children learn best from watching or seeing something rather than listening to a mini-lecture. As a result, watching a video such as a YouTube video about how to properly and accurately brush and floss may be more effective for your visual learner than listening to a discussion about brushing and flossing. You and your child may brush and floss along with the video. Catch them doing something well, and be sure to praise them for that.
Packing Healthier Camp Snacks
- Most camps allow children to bring snacks with them. Good options for snacks include high-protein and low-sugar snacks.
- Whole grain crackers and cheese
- String cheese
- Sunflower seeds
- Dried fruit
- Baby carrots
- Trail Mix with nuts, raisins, and dried fruits
- If your camper has permission to use a freezer, frozen blueberries or frozen grapes are a great idea for a cold, refreshing snack.