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This summer, don't take a break from dental health

This summer, don't take a break from dental health

 This is press release from Kool Smiles Dentistry.

Facts about Children's Dental Health

· Tooth decay affects children in the United States more than any other chronic, infectious disease. (CDC)

· By age 19, 68 percent of kids have had tooth decay in permanent teeth. (CDC)

· Kids are especially prone to cavities and tooth decay, which can lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and even learning.

Importance of Good Dental Health

· Dental health problems, if left untreated, can turn into much bigger and more costly health problems down the road.

· Kids with healthy teeth are able to chew more easily, digest food better, and enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods.

This Summer, Don't Take a Break from Dental Health!

· 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.

· Always 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 even an orange slice 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.

· If you're going to the beach or to the neighborhood pool, pack healthy snacks and drinks. Vending machines, the ice cream man and the food hut rarely offer non-greasy foods or low-sugar snacks that are good for the body and teeth. Bring the good stuff with you. Fresh sweet strawberries can satisfy the sweet cravings and while there is natural sugar in those as well – you are better off with a berry over a sno-cone.

· Brush, brush, brush. Summer nights may also come with later bed times. Active days outside in the sun tire us all out and parents need to make sure their sleepy heads tend to their teeth before drifting off at night. Make sure your kids brush after dinner and if they have a snack before bedtime, the last thing in their mouths should be their tooth brushes. Sugar has a field day overnight in a mouth and it's important for kids to brush and rinse out the day's meals and snacks before hitting the pillow.

· Practice the 3-2-1 rule: Eat 3 healthy meals, brush 2 times, and floss 1 time every day.

· And most importantly, now is the time to get your child to the dentist for a regular check-up. While working parents still have to juggle their schedules over the summer break, it is important to take advantage of this time when your child won't have to miss school to get that necessary dental check-up. Parents should schedule checkups every 6 months.

· Summer fun means lots of smiles – keep your child's smile healthy.

· For more information about Kool Smiles, you can call 877-472-9208 or visit

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