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Summer is almost here, and while you and your kids may be enjoying the weather, swimming, playing and going on vacation, remember that you can’t take a vacation from caring for your teeth. In truth, nothing really changes about dental care even when the seasons change, but there are some things to keep in mind.

You should start the summer off on the right foot, or maybe we should say on the right tooth. The end of the school year is a perfect time to schedule a checkup with our dentist, Dr. David O'Donnell. It can be a great way to take care of any developing dental problems you or your child may have before the fun starts, and who wouldn’t want to start the summer with a clean smile? The start of summer is also a great time buy new toothbrushes for everyone in the family.

Things may tend to be a little more relaxed during the summer, or more hectic depending on the activities that you have planned. That being the case, you need to make sure that everyone stays on their brushing and flossing schedule. That means brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Summer can also mean trips to the beach, amusement parks, and picnics. That also means plenty of food that is fun to eat, but that is often high in sugars, acid and carbohydrates, all of which can contribute to tooth decay. While an occasional treat is fine, you should focus on healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables.

If you want to get your family’s smile ready for summer, ODonnell Family Dentistry in Lexington, Kentucky, can help. Call us today at 859-269-4613 to plan your visit.