You have scheduled athletics physicals and bought back-to-school clothes, shoes, and supplies. However, when preparing your kids to head back to school this Fall, don’t forget to take care of their oral health as well. When establishing school year routines, be sure to include regular oral health care on your to-do list. Follow these tips from your family dentist to guarantee a smile as bright as your kids’ new shoes:
Schedule a back-to-school dental examination. The American Dental Association recommends that your children visit the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and exam to prevent tooth decay, as well as help children learn proper dental care throughout the year.
Establish regular brushing and flossing habits with your children. To encourage your children to brush and floss regularly, allow them to pick out several new soft-bristled toothbrushes and some fun kid-flavored fluoride toothpaste while you are out shopping for school supplies. Remember to have them replace their toothbrushes about every three months.
Encourage proper nutrition by packing healthy snacks and lunches. Eating at least five servings of fruit and vegetables daily will help to prevent cavities. Pack milk or water and avoid sugary foods and drinks. Baby carrots, fruits, nuts, cheese and yogurt are great healthy food options to give kids the fuel they need to make it through the day.
For children that play sports or participate in PE classes, you may want to talk to your family dentist about having them fitted for a protective mouth guard to protect their teeth from damage.
Following these tips from your family dentist will help to ensure your child will start and finish the school year with a bright, healthy smile.