Happy July 4 to you and your family!  Here at Dentistry for Children, our patients from Oviedo, Orlando, and Central Florida are chattering about all the picnic food they will eat and all the fireworks they will see.  A special joy comes with the true celebration of Independence Day here in the US.

And it truly won’t be long before all of these children are flashing those smiles in the multi-colored light of Happy July 4 Fireworks.   We’re not too proud to celebrate the Birthday of this wonderful country.

Dental Care and Oral Health Cannot Take a Happy July 4 “vacay”

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Happy Birthday Balloons for the July 4 Birthday of the United States…

As we care for your child’s teeth and hear your plans for family vacation fun, please do not think we are spoilsports if we remind you of some dental tips to “pack” for your vacation.

We have blogged about vacation and dental tips previously, but a refresher list of reminders and special cautions for July 4th might not hurt at all.

  1. In the first place, remember tooth decay and other dental problems never take a holiday.  They are on a mission to destroy the dental beauty behind those children’s gorgeous smiles.  So we at “Dentistry for Children” must warn parents that they cannot take a vacation from regular brushing and flossing routines.
  2. Secondly, be sure to take Dentistry for Children with you!  Even if it’s only a holiday weekend and you are not going very far away, we hope you will put our numbers and email address into your Smartphone.   Likewise, you could go “old school” and put our business card in your wallet.

Even on your Happy July 4 Vacay, We Are “Here”  for You!

In case of a dental emergency, we want you to call us. Even over the phone, we can help you with a dental problem. If your child chips or breaks a tooth, our advice is only a phone call away.

Fourth of July Sweet Treats:  Declare Independence from Cavities

  1. Thirdly, at Dentistry for Children, we know kids are going to crave red, white and blue sugary treats.
    As we always do, we urge you to avoid our number one offender sugary drinks. They are addictive. Yes, 3 days of a holiday is enough to return home with a new habit that’s bad for your dental health.
  2. Fourthly, find a sugarless chewing gum with the ADA Seal. It will taste like a treat, but it’s actually good for your dental health, in moderation. If you chew it for 20 minutes after a meal, the saliva can help to wash away the bacteria that could cause cavities.  That’s because it gets saliva flowing, which helps wash away cavity-causing bacteria. However, remember it is certainly no substitute for brushing and flossing.  If you can’t brush after candy or dessert, rinse heartily.

Quick Tips to Tooth-Friendly Camping

Even on a Happy July 4 camping trip, you still have time to brush.

The rigors of a July 4 camping trip don’t mean you can’t brush your teeth.

5. Fifthly, we have advice for some of our outdoorsy families who are going camping for the Fourth of July. If you are up a stranded up a creek or down a mountain without a toothbrush, or if you just forgot it, what do you do? It’s easy.

Our advice is to use your own finger or a piece of cloth with a dab of toothpaste.

Yes, we’ve heard of mountain men who utilize the freshly exposed wood fibers of a torn-off fresh wooden stick from a branch.  However, that’s a good way to get splinters in your gums or infection in your tongue.  So please don’t try this.

By the way, what if you have the brush, but the water is dirty?  Aha!  Use your drinking water, right out of the bottle.

6. Sixth, assuming your children have those toothbrushes, parents, it’s essential to help kids keep those brushes clean.  We don’t want any infection to spread to the tender tissues of the mouth.  It’s simple and cheap to prevent infections and gum disease while enjoying the camper’s life for July 4.  All you need is a box of re-sealable plastic bags.  When you travel, put your toothbrush, wet or dry, inside the protection of that plastic bag.

Experts explain, “Letting your toothbrush air dry is how you keep your toothbrush clean at home.  However, that’s not always possible on vacation.”

Normally, we endorse air drying of course.  However, when traveling, experts say, “Keeping your toothbrush clean and out of contact with other things is more important than making sure it’s dry on vacation.”

A Serious “Happy July 4” Plea from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

The American Academy of Pediatrics continues in its efforts to urge you NOT to buy fireworks for children’s use.  The reason is obvious since thousands of people suffer painful injuries from consumer fireworks.  This continues every “Happy” July 4, year after year.

We won’t go into too many of the gory details, but the risks include devastating burns from flames or black power.  Children can get gashes, cuts, and bloody injuries, even bone injuries, from flying shrapnel.

“The AAP is part of the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks, a group of health and safety organizations that urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and to only enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals.”

Fireworks Safety Tips for Families:

July 4 Fireworks are Fun, But Remember to Be Careful!

July 4 Fireworks are Fun, But Remember to Be Careful!

As healthcare specialists, we would be remiss if we did not mention the threat that consumer fireworks pose to our young patients.

  • Did you know fireworks can result in severe burns, blindness, scars and even death?  We don’t want anyone we know to spend time in the Emergency Room on their happy July 4 holiday.  Don’t let your child become a statistic.
  • Did you know sparklers can reach temperatures above 1000°Fahrenheit and can burn users and bystanders?  They’re supposed to be so safe.  Claims are made that they are toddler oriented.  But thoughts of that tender skin and that super-heated wire are enough to give the health professionals at Dentistry for Children here in Orlando, nightmares.

The Fabulous, Family-oriented Happy July 4 Orlando Advantage

  • Speaking of Orlando, we could not have a better alternative to family-bought fireworks than the professional fireworks displays in Central Florida.  There are multiple community fireworks displays in our area created by pyrotechnical geniuses.  We sure they will provide more thrills and chills than you could ever create in your backyard with expensive firecrackers that could fizzle or, worse yet, injure your child.
  • We advise you to attend only the Happy July 4 fireworks displays run by professionals rather than risking the use of fireworks at home. 

Like the AAP, Dentistry for Children recommends prohibiting the public sale of all fireworks, including those by mail or the Internet.  We hope you and your family keep all the fun on the 4th of July by leaving the fireworks shows up to the professionals.

So, from our Family to yours, have a Happy July 4 Vacay and Happy brushing!