For families with school-aged children, these are the lazy days of summer. But before you know it, September’s hectic schedule will be upon us, when school, sports and clubs begin again. Save yourself a bit of stress by getting the family’s dental appointments out of the way this August!
“We are happy to book appointments for the whole family at the same time, so you’ll spend less time stuck in the waiting room and more time enjoying the summer weather!” says Dr. Fatemeh Basij, DDS, owner of Allard Dental Centre.
Summer tips for a healthy smile
- Limit sugary foods and drinks. Popsicles, ice cream, lemonade, soda… it’s easy to lose track of all the sugary foods and beverages your child enjoys during the summer. “Plaque bacteria rely on sugar to produce acids that attack your tooth enamel. Once the protective enamel is damaged, cavities may form. Limiting your sugar intake can help reduce damage,” Dr. Basij says. Remember to brush twice a day to help remove harmful bacteria, and try using a straw to reduce the amount of sugar that contacts your teeth.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water has many benefits, including helping the body produce saliva. “Saliva helps wash away plaque, and is an important part of oral health,” Dr. Basij says.
- Keep brushing when you travel. Try not to let your daily oral hygiene routine slip while you’re on vacation. Protect your toothbrush in your suitcase, and let it air dry when you get to your destination — bacteria thrives in damp environments.
- Plan ahead. Keep up with regular dental visits to avoid emergencies, and establish a relationship with your dentist. If your child slips at the pool or playground and chips a tooth, arranging emergency dental care is a lot easier and less stressful with a dentist you already know.
Free gifts for new patients!
Right now, Allard Dental Centre is offering rewards for families who come in for a cleaning and check-up. All new patients receive a free electric toothbrush or free sport mouth guard!
While staff are happy to schedule simultaneous appointments so the family can visit the clinic together, children and parents can come in separately and still qualify for the promotion.
Book your appointment at allarddentalcentre.ca or call 604-882-0568. Their office is conveniently located at 301-21183 88 Ave., Langley with abundant free parking, and simultaneous appointments to accommodate families. Find them on Facebook and Instagram for more dental tips.