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dadtime-CSSWith the summer season in full swing, we would like to share some oral care tips while enjoying this time with your family, as summer is a time of relaxed schedules (school is out) and increased recreation.

At The Gentle Dentist in Spring Hill, Florida, Dr. Jeffrey Lash, DMD and our team are excited to share some tips for the family with you today so that your summer plans continue smoothly and safety.

Kitchen Aid: If the kids (or grandkids) are at home all day, they will want to snack. Be sure to keep healthy options in the fridge and on the table. This includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and if you keep them already clean and ready to eat, they won’t miss the chips and Twinkies. Also, hydrating water within reach will keep them energized longer than soda.

Recreational Sports: If your kids are adding sports to their schedule, check to see if a sports guard might help protect their pearly whites. 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 you can be seen by our dentist, right away.

Vacation Time: Before you head out for road trips or flights, be sure to pack a dental emergency kit in case there are any issues along the way.

Oral Hygiene: Even though school is out and the kids (or grandkids) are home, now is not the time to relax their oral health care. Make sure they still floss at least once a day, and brush at least twice, to make sure their teeth and gums remain in tip-top shape. It is easy for them to get distracted by the change in their routine, so consider making it fun by getting them a new toothbrush for the season.

Dental Checkups: Summer is the ideal time for dental checkups and cleanings before the end-of-the-year rush, so take advantage of the out-of-school schedule and get their smiles cared for.

We hope your summer experience with your kids or grandkids brings you all many good memories along with continued good oral health. As always, if you have any questions for Dr. Jeffrey Lash, DMD and our friendly team in Spring Hill, Florida, please give us a call at 352-398-4064 today!