Don't Let Your Patients Take a Vacation From Their Oral Health

Summer is in full swing and for many of your patients that means vacation! All around America, people are filling their calendars with parties, outdoor events, and travel plans. Unfortunately, these all offer a host of complications for you. Research has shown that, during the summer, your patients are less likely to remain disciplined with their oral health. They are more likely to forget to pack important toiletries, like toothbrushes and toothpaste, and adopt poor eating habits. But they can avoid all these problems with a little help from you! If you're looking for a few ways to help your patients maintain good oral hygiene habits through the summer and beyond, SmileMakers has you covered.

Don't Let Your Patients Take a Vacation From Their Oral Health

Help them travel smarter
For many families, summer vacation is synonymous with travel. Don't be surprised if that's all your patients talk about over the next few weeks. The travel itself probably won't have any effect on their oral health, but it often opens the door for a host of problems. When packing for vacation, people are often focused on swimsuits rather than toiletries. There's also the possibility that they lose something along the way. Think lost luggage.

Don't Let Your Patients Take a Vacation From Their Oral Health

Of course, you can't prevent them from losing their toothbrush, but you can make it easier for them to remember! A well-stocked dental kit can make all the difference for the adventure seekers in your patient-base. Having all their dental essentials in one sealable bag allows them to travel lightly while also maintaining their oral hygiene every step of the way. This doesn't just have to be for your adult patients, either. Pediatric dental kits are customized specifically for children. Each pack carries all the essentials, sporting bright colors and favorite characters in child-friendly sizes. There's also an opportunity for some shameless promotion here. A customized travel toothbrush that's added to their travel bag can include all your practice information and remind your patients of your practice no matter where they are in the world. If you know that your patients will be heading on their travels, having fully stocked dental kits will go a long way.

Suggest healthier alternatives to treats and snacks
As everyone's eating habits start to shift with their summer schedule, it can often lead to unhealthy snacking choices. Junk food is cheap, accessible, and oh-so-irresistible, especially during road trips and long plane rides. Most families know the dangers of too much junk food and are willing to make healthier choices. So go ahead and suggest healthy snacks to keep their oral hygiene in good shape. It'll make your job easier!

If you're looking to lead by example, SmileMakers has a host of healthy alternatives to traditional treats. We offer both Xylitol lollipops and sugar-free sweets, so there are plenty of options and flavors to enjoy. You can rest easy knowing that you're offering candy that tastes delicious, but still helps patients avoid cavities.

Keep them protected during their summer fun
While many of your adult patients may still be working, for children the summer months are meant for fun. But summer fun isn't always safe fun, and there are plenty of opportunities for oral injuries to occur. Flag football or soccer games can quickly lose their shine when someone chips a tooth. That's why protective prosthetics like mouth guards are so important for active children. Offering personalized mouth guards to your pediatric patients will allow them to continue their outdoor activities without causing undue concern to their parents.

Don't Let Your Patients Take a Vacation From Their Oral Health

Offer summer specials and discounts
Now is the perfect time to offer a discount on teeth whitening or basic cleanings. With other industries offering summer sales, it's the perfect time to host one of your own. SmileMakers has a running summer special, too. We're providing stickers for the hottest summer movies of 2018! We have a variety of options for each film, including stickers from the Incredibles 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Jurassic World, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. These are the perfect summer gifts for your pediatric patients, and could even make a few young adults jealous.

SmileMakers also offers Pediatric Prizes made for Summer Fun!
Summer vacation is one of the most important parts of the year for pediatric patients, so why not help them celebrate? SmileMakers has a number of summer-themed prizes and toys, including water squirters, bubbles, sunglasses, and pinwheels!

Sources:
Delta Dental. (2017).'The Children's Oral Health Survey 2017'. [Accessed on 06/11/2018]
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