Tip 1: Eat Well
Good nutrition contributes greatly to healthy teeth, gums, nervous system, and bones. Be sure to advise your child on the right choices — more low sugar fruits and veggies, less soda, candy and gum.
Tip 2: Brush & Floss After Eating
Impress upon your camper that tooth brushing and flossing is a single activity after meals — flossing completes tooth brushing because dental floss goes where a toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing helps ensure healthy gums and fresh breath and prevents cavities.That’s kinda cool!
Tip 3: Play It Safe
Avoid any unnecessary cosmetic dentistry procedure. Protect your child’s teeth while playing sports with a custom fit mouthguard.Call Fairfield Dental Associates at (203) 255-2841 — I’ll explain the benefits of a custom fit mouthguard vs. “over-the-counter” models bought at sporting goods stores.
Tip 4: Avoid The Relapse
If your child is recovering from a common cold or virus just prior to leaving for camp, be sure to replace his/her toothbrush with a new one.The toothbrush harbors viruses and bacteria that caused the illness to begin with.
Tip 5: Have Regular Dental Checkups
Regardless of how compliant your child is with dental hygiene at camp, routine dental exams every six months are the best way to safeguard his/her oral health, save time, money and discomfort in the future.