This summer will look different due to Covid-19, but it doesn't have to stop being fun! Blast boredom away with this PRINTABLE SMART CHART. Encourage learning through play. Make this your brightest summer yet with these Smart Summer Tips. Also, scroll below for our reopening announcement and for our printable coloring sheet.
🥳 SUNSHINE'S COVID UPDATE: WE ARE OPEN! 🥳
Serving little SMILES + following SAFETY guidelines. Sunshine Children's Dentistry is proudly welcoming back patients. Our Sunshine Team is taking every safety precaution to ensure that our office remains a place "where children have FUN & SMILE."
We are following every safety guideline issued by the CDC, FDA, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, NC Department of Health & Human Services, and the NC Board of Dental Examiners. Staff and patients have been wearing masks and PPE, temperature checks at the door, with ongoing sanitation and infection control to maintain a safe environment. We want only the best for our patient families and staff members.
From all of us at Sunshine Children's Dentistry, we say WELCOME BACK!
(Download the printable PDF version of our Smart Summer Tips sheet.)
We recommend keeping a copy on your fridge for easy access!
EVEN WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING, THIS SUMMER CAN BE FUN! This summer is guaranteed to look different than previous summers, due to Covid-19 spread prevention. But your little one can still enjoy a bright and entertaining summer, as well as spread cheer to the community through acts of kindness. These summer tips can be completed at home, as well as out in the community.
DREAM AHEAD WITH A SUMMER BUCKET LIST.
Sit down with your children and create a Summer Bucket List using ideas from the Weekday Themes: Make-It Monday, Tourist Tuesday, Write-It Wednesday, Thankful Thursday, and Foodie Friday. Get the creative gears turning for your family.
ENCOURAGE DAILY LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES.
Throughout the day, look for little learning opportunities. Point out shapes and colors that you see. While on the road, play an alphabet game by reading street signs. When cooking, have your children read the recipe aloud, look at the numbers/quantities, and fill measurements. At a grocery store, make a math lesson by having your child count the change required.
WHAT ARE THE DANGERS OF "SUMMER SLUMP"? According to research by the New York Times and Study.com, children who are not actively learning over their summer break are at risk of losing up to a month of school education. That means that they could fall behind in the new school year. But the biggest risk is cumulative - that their struggles could compound and follow them each year. Math and reading are most impacted by summer slump.
SOME WAYS TO AVOID "SUMMER SLUMP".
With a plan for the months ahead, you can encourage FUN summer learning. We recommend keeping a copy of the Smart Summer Tips sheet in a conspicuous location at home as a regular reminder of boredom-blasters.
ENCOURAGE HEALTHY HABITS THAT KEEP KIDS SMILING.
Summer sweets are yummy, but do not let good oral hygiene habits go through a summer slump. Maintain a daily flossing and twice daily brushing routine. Before you know it, school start dates will be right around the corner. Be sure to schedule a dental cleaning checkup this summer!
PLEASE COLOR WITH US!
Help us fill our office and our Facebook Page with beautiful art! Encourage your little artists to participate in our "Everyone Smiles in the Same Language" coloring contest and write why they want to share smiles, too. We can make the world bright one SMILE at a time. Our hope at Sunshine Children’s Dentistry is to spread FUN & SMILES. There are 2 ways to submit your child’s art (you are welcome to do both). You may share a photo to our Facebook page with the hashtag #EveryoneSmilesInTheSameLanguage AND/OR mail it to our office: 1911 S. 17th Street #140, Wilmington, NC 28401. (Download the printable PDF here.)
To ensure all your children’s teeth are ready to SMILE all summer long, be sure to visit Sunshine Children’s Dentistry. The American Dental Association recommends oral checkups twice annually for children (and adults, too). QUESTIONS? We are a resource to you and are happy to answer any questions you may have about your child’s changing smile. We believe that oral health should be FUN and something to SMILE about!
We at Sunshine Children's Dentistry are THANKFUL for our patients!
Your family is a blessing to everyone at our office. Thank you for the honor of serving you! If you ever need to reach us, our number is 910.762.7736.
For more helpful resources and fun activities, be sure to read our other Blog Articles.