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Keep Your Kid's Teeth Healthy This Summer!

Aug 03, 2016

While enjoying this last month of summer fun and sweet treats, remember, don’t take a break from dental health! Keep your children’s smile healthy and bright before getting into back-to-school routines.

Dr. Andre Singleton, Area Dental Director for Kool Smiles, was recently invited by CBS4 News in El Paso to share some on-air tips for keeping your kids’ teeth healthy!

In order to maintain good dental health this summer, Dr. Singleton advises kids and parents to practice the 3-2-1 rule: Eat 3 healthy meals, brush 2 times and floss 1 time every day.

Dr. Singleton also reminds us that it is hard for children and parents to stick to a routine during the summer months. Kids are going to bed and waking up later causing some to forget to brush their teeth. Children also tend to eat and drink more sugar by replacing fruits and vegetables with sugary snacks.

Along with Dr. Singleton’s advice, here are some other tips to keep kids’ teeth healthy this summer and going into the upcoming school year!

  1. Plan healthy breakfasts. Schedules ease up in the summer with kids getting up later in the morning and tending to their own breakfasts. Make sure there is fresh seasonal fruit available for kids to choose over sugary cereals.  Hard boiled eggs make a great snack and good source of protein without the sugars so many breakfast meals contain.
  2. Watch the soda intake. Hot summer months and enticing soda commercials can trigger a campaign by kids to get you to bring home the cola.  Try to resist and encourage ice water with a lemon slice or other infused fruit to sweeten the deal.  Soda is the worst nightmare for your child’s dental health.  Do your best to keep it out of the house.
  3. Going on a trip? Pack healthy snacks and drinks. Whether you are going on a day trip to the pool or a longer vacation, it can be difficult to Back to all articles
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