As summer comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking of how to prepare for the next school year. Buying new clothes or school supplies may be on your list. But what about your child’s dental health? Back to school is the ideal time to revisit and return to healthy habits, especially for teeth and gums. Here are a few tips for how to get back into the swing of the school year, starting with your smile.
We recommend you and your child get a new toothbrush every 3 months. This is to make sure the brush is still able to clean properly. Old brushes tend to fray at the bristles, making them less effective. While at the store looking for new pencils and paper, stop by the toiletry aisle and pick up a new, fun toothbrush for your child. This will help inspire them to brush every day!
Although it’s fun to indulge in summertime snacks, returning to school is a great time to go back to healthier lunch and snacking habits. Pick out plenty of vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and dairy to keep teeth healthy. Carrot or celery sticks in lunches and string are great. Avoiding loading up on sugary snacks, sodas, and refined carbohydrates. These snacks are an ideal condition for tooth decay and cavities to form.
If your child plays a contact sport, make sure they have a new mouthguard to protect their teeth from damage. Activities that might require a mouth guard are football, karate, or anything where equipment or body parts could harm teeth upon contact. We can fit them for a mouthguard at their next appointment.
This is the best time of year to come in for a dental checkup. We will clean and polish your child’s teeth and get that first day of school smile ready! We’ll also thoroughly examine to make sure there are no cavities forming. We’ll also screen them for orthodontic problems, so that you can plan accordingly for their needs.
Brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, flossing, eating healthy foods, and drinking plenty of water are all needed for optimal dental health. If your family’s summer routine was derailed because of pool parties and late nights, it’s time to get back into the swing of things! Start prepping for back-to-school hours and habits a week or two in advance, this way it won’t be a shock when it’s time to go to school. Make sure your child is brushing and flossing well, every day.
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