Summer is almost over but the fun does not have to stop! August is National Family Fun Month and there are many great activities to do with your kids before the end of summer. Here are few suggestions from your friends at My Child’s Dentist in San Antonio.
Backyard movie night: Create your own movie theater by showing your family’s favorite movie right in in you back yard. Serve some popcorn, candy, chips and other snacks.
BBQ: Throw a family BBQ in your backyard or at the local park. No one can say no to great burgers, hotdogs and outdoor fun.
Backyard camping: Pitch some tents and camp in your backyard! Play fun board games and tell spooky stories around your “campfire”.
Lake outing: Hit the lake for some water sports or sun soaking.
Ice-cream party: Invite everyone to make homemade ice-cream right in your own kitchen. Serve different toppings so that everyone can make their ice cream unique to their own taste.
Trip to the zoo: Kids love animals and what better way to let them interact with their furry friends than at the zoo! Take them to the local zoo and capture some lasting memories.
Scavenger hunt: Give your kids a thrill with a list of things they need to find around the house or in your backyard in order to win some prizes.
Host a dance party: Turn your living room into a party zone with your own favorite jams. Dare your children to name some of those oldies you once liked.
Bike riding trip: Rent some bikes and take the entire family for a a ride at the park or along the countryside.
Miniature gold: Everyone likes a round of miniature gold. Take the entire family for a game or two and let the kids have some laughs.
No matter where you live or what your budget is, there is always an activity for every family. Of course the best activity of all, is spending quality time with your loved ones and creating forever lasting memories. And please, remember the importance of dental hygiene and protecting your children’s teeth during outdoor sports activities.
At My Child’s Dentist, Your Child’s Teeth Are Precious To Us™
May is National Physical Fitness Month
Did you know that the month of May is designated National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? In 1983, President Ronald Reagan encouraged Americans to incorporate more activity into their lives, and the reminder is even more significant in this day and age, as kids everywhere are distracted more and more by television, social networking and video games. Kids living an active lifestyle can improve their health, productivity and overall well-being, and best of all? It doesn’t have to take a lot of time!
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has provided these public health guidelines for your convenience. The guidelines call for children and teens to exercise for at least one hour each day of moderate intensity physical activity (such as playing sports or brisk walking) or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous activity (jogging, dancing and jumping rope).
At My child’s Dentist, we encourage our parents to keep their kids fit by exercising or participating in sports. We also remind our patients to always wear a mouth guard or other forms of facial protection when playing sports. To learn more about how often your child should exercise, we recommend you check out this series of helpful articles about kids and exercise, courtesy of KidsHealth.org.
National Children’s Dental Health Month
One in four parents says their child has had an injury during an organized sport resulting in a trip to the emergency room, according to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). That’s why My Child’s Dentist thought February—also known as National Children’s Dental Health Month—would be a great time to remind our patients to be mindful of their children’s teeth while playing sports.
Here are a few tips to stay safe on the field this spring, courtesy of the AAO:
- Wear mouth guards for contact sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse
- Wear a helmet when required
- Wear protective eye wear
- Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin
- Be alert, even as a spectator
The American Dental Association (ADA) estimates that mouth guards alone prevent more than 200,000 injuries each year. However, the AAO conducted a survey that revealed 67% of parents admitted their children do not wear mouth guards during organized sports. Please, do not let your child play organized sports without a mouth guard.
We hope these tips help. Protective gear is vital for anyone engaging in tooth or mouth-threatening activities. If you have any further questions about any of these tips, please give us a call.
About National Children’s Dental Health Month
Each February the ADA sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.