Caring for braces at summer camp

Happy summer! We want your child to make the most of their time at camp while protecting their smile, too!

Braces-friendly packing list

Before your child leaves on a summer adventure, ensure that they are up to date with all of their necessary adjustments and appointments. Don’t forget to ask our experts any questions you may have as well!

Pack up all the supplies your child will need to keep their teeth and braces healthy—before they head off to camp. This equipment should include:

  • A toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Floss and an orthodontic threader
  • Interdental brushes to get between wires
  • A mirror to see hard-to-reach areas
  • Orthodontic wax
  • A retainer or aligner case (if applicable)
  • A mouthguard for sports and activities

Camp-goers guide to taking care of braces

Campers should keep up the same oral hygiene routine at camp that they use at home. At camp, children should still be brushing well, flossing at least once a day, and wearing a retainer if they have one. If your child will be out hiking and won’t have access to running water or their orthodontic gear at some point during their adventure, don’t worry! Even when they can’t follow their usual regimen, your child can still keep their teeth healthy.

Drinking lots of water at snack times and during meals can help flush away cavity-causing food fragments. Summer camp is a place for adventure, but your child should not be adventuring into forbidden foods! Avoiding sugary drinks and snacks that aren’t braces-friendly will prevent tooth decay and protect your child’s appliances. Even if your child can’t bring all of their orthodontic equipment with them during activities, bringing along some floss can help them quickly get rid of food particles in their braces.

To prevent injuries to the teeth and mouth, your child should always wear their mouthguard during sports or high-intensity activities. Orthodontic emergencies are no fun, especially at camp. By following these tips, your child is sure to be all smiles wherever their summer takes them!

Book a free orthodontic consultation in Oak Lawn, today!