Tooth Talk with Brinkley Dental Group – On Summer, Students and the Return to School!

August is a wonderful month. The hot, hazy and humid days of summer are sizzling and many families, especially this year, are finally able to enjoy some outdoor time together with other families and with their friends. Perhaps you are lounging poolside, visiting a local conservation area or splash pad or simply enjoying a backyard BBQ. Whatever you’re doing we hope you are enjoying it! What does the team at Brinkley Dental also know about summer? That it’s often a time when we start thinking about our students and their return to school!

What does that have to do with a dental office? We know families are busy and with what appears to be a return to what we’ll call “near normalcy,” we know the school year is rapidly approaching and with that, a return to sports and other activities too. For many families that also means September is a busy time and that August is when they prefer to schedule routine dental exams for the kids BEFORE they head back to school.  This sounds familiar and you’ve been thinking about calling our offices to book an appointment – it’s time! 

Our office caters to families. We’ve been serving the Brampton and Caledon communities for long enough that we are starting to see the children of children we’ve cared for in the past! That’s why we know that if you’ve been busy this summer, with a focus on fun and are only just now starting to think about a dental appointment, we offer a schedule that works for most folks – even if it is after school starts. 

You should know that on Tuesdays and Thursdays we’re open until 8:00 pm. Friday mornings we open at 7:30 am so you can visit with us and then get on your way early in the day. We also open every other Saturday between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. In other words, we’re going to do our best to make sure that you are able to book an appointment and be seen by our Dentist, or our team of hygienists, at a time that suits you best!  Booking with Brinkley Dental is also easy. You can pick up the phone or even email your appointment request using the contact form on our website. Even if the summer is rapidly coming to an end, we’ll do our best to still fit you in!

Until we see you again, here are a few tips on how to keep your smile healthy throughout the remainder of the summer season:

  • Brush and floss regularly – at a minimum of two times per day – YES, even while your busy enjoying all the great activities that summer has to offer!
  • Drink plenty of fluids – especially water. It’ll help keep you hydrated and help rinse out your mouth too – for those in between times when you just can’t brush.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and raw vegetables. We are blessed with an abundance of local, fresh fruits grown close to home and not only are they healthy but some of them might just help with keeping your teeth clean too. You’ve no doubt heard “eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away” (in other words, to stay healthy) and the same is true for the Dentist. Eating crisp fruits, like an apple and raw veggies such as carrots and celery can help clean plaque from teeth and even freshen your breath. The vitamins will certainly help with your overall oral health care too!
  • Whether you’re a child or an adult – use a straw if you are indulging in a sweet, sugary drink and/or an alcoholic beverage. It will lessen the amount of sticky, sweet materials that come into contact with your teeth. 
  • Keep it closed while swimming! Sure this may sound obvious but if you are spending large amounts of time poolside, chlorine can potentially have an impact on tooth discoloration or even potential softening of the teeth. It all has to do with the PH levels in the pool. Granted you probably have to swallow an awful lot of pool water to make this happen but it’s certainly a good thing to be aware of and that many people don’t realize. 
  • Lastly, if you are playing sports this summer – protect your teeth with a mouth guard! 

Enjoy August and make the most of this last blast of summer sizzle. Contact our offices if it’s time for a checkup and in the meantime, we will end as we always do with this friendly reminder; “Don’t forget to be a BFF with your mouth and brush that smile!”