3 Secrets to Summer Schedules

by Jason 6/9/2015 7:00 AM

School is out for summer! From family road trips to sports and sleepovers, now is the time to enjoy a much-needed vacation.

Remember – summer is a break, not a free-for-all. So, it’s important to keep some routines and systems in place. Help your family enjoy summer without sacrificing their smiles:

1. Keep it consistent.

While they may try to convince you otherwise, kids do better with a routine. It’s fine to bend bedtime rules (it’s summer after all), just make sure you and your little ones are getting at least 8 hours of shut-eye per night. Sleep is crucial to your mood, body and smile.

2. Begin with a brush. 

One of the best parts about summer is sleeping in. Unsurprisingly, teens sleep more during the summer than they do during the school year. So, try to keep your teens on a reasonable sleep schedule and remind them to brush when they wake up.  Here’s why:

When we sleep, our mouths produce less saliva and dry out. That decrease in saliva equals an increase in bacteria. So, encourage your teen to take 2 minutes post-snooze to brush to get rid of nighttime bacteria.

3. Make sweet swaps.

Snow cones, ice cream and popsicles are just a few beloved summer delights. While we invite icy indulgences on occasion, sugary treats can be harsh to your teeth. Instead of shunning sweets all summer, why not give your favorites a makeover?

Trick your taste buds and treat your teeth! Swap sugar for sweetener with this creamy coconut ice cream, or use fresh fruit to make flavorful frozen popsicles.

This summer let your worries go…not your dental routine. Enjoy your summer!

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