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kidstravel-CSSWith summer in full swing, our Red Mountain Family Dental team in Mesa, Arizona, is excited to share some smile tips with you so that you can enjoy this time with your family and still maintain their oral health.

Summer is traditionally a time of relaxed schedules, since school is out, families go on vacation and participate in more recreational activities. Dr. Scott Josephson and Dr. Timothy Yu hope these tips can help you enjoy this time while keeping your children’s smiles healthy and safe along the way.

– Traveling on Vacation: Before heading out for road trips or flights, be sure to pack a traveling dental kit, you can purchase these or put together the necessities yourself. They should include travel-sized toothbrushes and toothpaste as well as mouthwash. If you want to bring along a dental emergency kit, be sure to include oral pain relief for toothaches and you can also purchase a tooth preservation kit if a permanent tooth falls out and you can bring the tooth in it to the emergency room with you.

– Recreation and Sports: If your children are participating in recreational activities, check to see if a sports guard might help protect their smile. If there is a dental emergency and a permanent tooth is knocked-out, keep the tooth in a sealed container of milk, salt water, or an emergency tooth preservation kit–until they can be seen by our dentist as soon as possible.

– Fun in the Kitchen: If your children are at home all day they will want to snack, which means they will be roaming the kitchen frequently. Keep healthy choices in the fridge and on the table. This includes lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, and if the food is ready to eat, they won’t miss the chips and Twinkies. Also, chilled water within easy reach in the fridge will keep their smiles healthier than sugar-laden alternatives.

– Keeping up with Oral Hygiene: Now is not the time for your children to relax their oral care. To encourage good habits, get them a new toothbrush and flavored dental floss so that they will want to floss at least once a day, and brush at least twice daily to keep their chompers in tip-top shape.

Should you have any questions for Dr. Scott Josephson and Dr. Timothy Yu, please feel free to give our friendly team in Mesa, Arizona, a call at 480-641-4165 today. We hope this summer season allows you to experience many good memories!