Back to School Dental Tips
Summer is almost over and school is here. Back-to-school can be an exciting time for kids—and parents too! As summer starts giving way to fall, your to-do list begins to fill up: there are clothes to buy, supplies to gather, and get-togethers with friends both old and new. Here are a few tips that can help keep your kids oral health in great shape through this busy season…and all year long.
Avoid soda or sugary snacks
Soda, processed foods and sweet treats are loaded with sugar and are not a healthy choice. In addition to promoting obesity, sugar provides food for the harmful oral bacteria that can cause cavities. Even 100% juices have loads of sugar—so go easy on the sweets for better checkups!
Ensure kids brush and floss regularly
That means brushing twice a day (2 minutes each) with fluoride toothpaste, and flossing once a day—every day! Brushing and flossing daily is the most effective way to fight cavities at home. If your kids need help, take time to show them how…and if you need our advice on the proper techniques, just ask us to demonstrate.
Do pack kids a healthy lunch
In addition to a protein, a healthy lunch may include crunchy vegetables such as carrot or celery sticks, dairy like cheese or yogurt, and fresh fruits. Add a bottle of water and your kids will be all set to go!
Do not let kids chew on pencils or fingernails
Fidgety kids often develop habits like these to help themselves feel calmer. But chewing on things that don’t belong in the mouth is a recipe for dental problems—like chipped or broken teeth. Try giving them sugarless gum instead; if the problem persists, ask us for help.
Use mouthguard if they play sports
It’s not just for football or hockey—baseball, basketball and many other schoolyard sports have the potential to damage teeth and gums. A custom-made mouthguard from our office is comfortable enough to wear every day, and offers great protection.
Remember to schedule routine dental visits
With the hustle and bustle of a new school year it’s easy to let things slide. Don’t put off regular dental checkups until end of the year! Professional cleanings and dental exams can help keep those young smiles bright, and prevent little problems from getting bigger.
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