5 Back-to-School Dental Tips
Most parents forget one crucial thing when their kids return to school—keeping their kids’ teeth healthy so they can have a productive school year. It’s easy to see why parents need to take dental health care seriously for school-going children when dental problems like cavities result in 51 million missed school hours every year. It has always been the case that dental issues can be avoided by prevention and early detection. Here are 5 back-to-school dental tips to maintain a healthy habit.
1. Re-establish Your Dental Routine:
It is easy to miss a brushing during the summer. We recommend brushing twice a day and flossing at least once every day to encourage your little ones to keep up with their preventive care at home. We recommend brushing their teeth to their favorite song!
2. Start Going To Bed Early:
Your total health, including your dental health, will benefit greatly from a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep can cause daytime drowsiness, loss of focus, and excessive snacking.
3. Avoid sugary drinks and treats
Be aware of the amount of sugar in the snacks and lunches you purchase for return to school. Sugar consumption can result in tooth decay and cavities. Apples, almonds, cheese, and plain yogurt are suggested foods (watch out for added sugars).
4. Drink Lots of Water
Drinking water will keep you hydrated, but it will also help remove any bacteria and plaque from building up.
5. Schedule Your Dental Visit
Avoid missing too many days of school by attending your dental check-up before school starts. Toothaches can be very distracting and painful. Our team of specialists will make sure your smile is cavity-free and you can start off the school year with a fresh, clean smile!
In order to maintain your child’s dental health, we encourage you to embrace preventative dental care. We are dedicated to providing you and your child with the highest level of care at every visit. Contact us today to schedule your child’s back-to-school appointment.