July means summer break! This time is perfect for vacation, camp, and major relaxation. However, it is
important to not forget about the importance of your dental health! While your child may be on summer
vacation, his or her teeth certainly should not be. Read on to learn travel tips for taking care of our
teeth and mouth during the summer months.
Summer Break Tips
Stick to a routine
Even though it is summer, it is important to continue to brush at least 2x per day and floss
daily. With sleeping in, summer camp, pool days, vacations, and lots of time spent outside,
you will definitely have to remind your child to brush their teeth. Summertime is more
important than ever to brush, since everyone likes to indulge in sugary snacks or treats in
the summer like ice cream, fruit juices, or popsicles to stay cool.
Carbonation from soda and seltzer (even the kind without sugar) weakens the enamel
(outer layer) of the teeth over time, causing teeth to lose their sparkling white color and
allowing them to be more susceptible to decay. Also, added sugars in soda give your mouth
a sugary rinse causing plaque to build up. Avoid soda temptations over the summer by
increasing water intake and staying hydrated. Also, if you choose to have your beverage
with ice, make sure to avoid chewing on the ice since it is very rough on the teeth and can
Staying hydrated with water will help wash away the bacteria on the teeth. Tap water is
especially good for your teeth because it contains natural fluoride to help strengthen your
teeth’s enamel. Water is better for your teeth and overall health than picking up a juice box,
a can of soda, or a frozen treat.
Schedule a back-to-school cleaning/checkup
Scheduling your back-to-school checkup early ensure you have an appointment date and
time you need before school starts back in the fall! Get your appointment in soon so your
child can start the school year with a clean bill of health.
Keep travel tooth supplies handy
Keep your toothbrush and toothpaste easily accessible so you always have it on hand
during your trips. Pack it in your carry-on (not checked luggage) so it is always on you, and
avoid using travel cases at all costs. Although it may seem like a good idea to keep your
toothbrush in a case away from other surfaces, you are actually trapping in potential
bacteria. Over time, this bacteria can cause your toothbrush to stink and spread bacteria
back to your mouth, so avoid using a case over the bristles if possible.
Visit the dentist before departing on your trip
Visiting the dentist before a trip can benefit your teeth, hygiene, and vacation itinerary!
Getting a checkup before traveling can help prevent any unforeseen dental emergencies
while on vacation, and will ensure you don’t have any unexpected dental visits while out of
Original source: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry