Sick In The Springtime: Helpful Smile Tips

You may expect colds to crop up during the winter months but during spring? What gives, you ask? The truth is, viruses are prevalent in the spring, too, and they can affect you and your kiddos any time of the year. Add in the fact that pollen counts soar in the Dallas, TX area and springtime allergies are quite common. So, no matter how you slice it, congestion and feeling under the weather is a possibility. Our main concern in reflection of these details? We know you might need some help keeping your kids’ oral health safe when they feel a bit miserable. Consider some tips!

Tip: Give Kiddos Water!

We like to remind parents that your kids are going to need lots of water if they’re congested, particularly if you are also handing them medication to alleviate a cold or allergies. The plain and simple fact is that it’s easy to become dehydrated when under the weather, which is dangerous for anyone! Medications can also cause a drying effect, which takes fluids away. So, replenish by handing your children water and ensuring they drink up! This happen to also keep your child’s mouth moist, rinse those teeth and tissues, and prevents the dry mouth that comes with congestion and mouth breathing.

Tip: Rinse After Snacks, Soda, Juice, Etc.

So, you are having a hard time just giving your child water because your child doesn’t want water and your main goal is ensuring this little human is well hydrated? No problem. Whether you are opting to mix things up with soda, juice, etc., just remember to have your child follow those drinks with a few sips of water (and have them swish it around if you can!) to keep oral health safe. This will help remove sugars that will otherwise simply coat and rest on teeth until it’s time to brush!

Tip: Stick With Dental Hygiene

Our team wants you to remember that the best thing you can do is stick with dental hygiene to promote oral health that doesn’t waver. We know that this may be challenging when kiddos don’t want to do it or feel yucky. So, consider what will work best for you. Maybe you set up a system in which you and your kids brush not long after taking medicine. Perhaps you choose a particular time, so there’s no confusion. You may consider bringing a special stuffed animal with you into the bathroom for moral support or wrapping your child in a blanket or comfy robe to minimize discomfort. Need additional assistance? Just call!

Keep Kids’ Smiles Safe With Easy Tips

Whether your child is affected with spring allergies, a cold you didn’t see coming, or other causes of upper respiratory congestion, remember that we are full of advice! Keep smiles safe with easy care tips. Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda and more.

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