Summer has finally come! For many parents, sending children away to summer camp for weeks or even months is a summer tradition. Whether the camp is in Toronto or farther away, Dr. Norma Chou, Orthodontist in Toronto, wants to make sure that her patients are ready to take care of their braces at camp and that they understand that this should not hinder summer fun. Follow some tips from Dr. Chou.

It is important to maintain the same oral care and routine that patients have at home while away, so that the braces and teeth stay in shape. Dr. Chou and her staff recommend taking a “braces camp kit” filled with all the necessities related to maintaining the teeth. The kit can include extra toothbrushes, toothpaste and wax, and sugarless gum in case a wire breaks. The important thing is to maintain clean teeth while away from home. In case anything happens to the braces, inform the counselors at the camp that they can contact Dr. Chou to see if an emergency appointment is necessary. The main thing is for your camper to be comfortable until he/she resumes his/her regular schedule with Dr. Chou back in Toronto. Just like at home, the same precautions regarding eating are given while away at camp; avoid sticky, chewy, or hard foods.

Dr. Chou wants to make sure that your camper is completely prepared to maintain his/her braces while away. It is best to schedule a visit just before he/she leaves to make sure that everything is fine.

Dr. Chou hopes that all her patients at camp have a great time and she looks forward to seeing them on their return to Toronto.

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