Back to school: A checklist for kids’ dental health

Summer is almost over! Before you lay back in that lounge chair once more trying to soak up the last of the warm rays and relaxation, get this quick checklist and ensure your children will have a dental-healthy school year!

Take your kids to the dentist

Start the school year right with a dental cleaning and an exam. Ask your child’s dentist about sealants fluoride treatments to prevent decay. These treatments are easy ways to stop cavities before they start. And they can even improve your child’s performance at school.

Fresh Toothbrush 

Did you know that you should replace your child’s toothbrush, or electric toothbrush head every 3 – 4 months? Toothbrushes face a couple of different problems that can cut their lifespan short. General use wears down bristles and limits their effectiveness over time. Back-to-school season is the perfect time for a new toothbrush that will keep your child’s teeth clean until around winter break. 

 Make brushing and flossing fun

To keep their mouths healthy, kids need to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time. They should also floss every day, preferably after dinner. Try these tricks to make oral hygiene more exciting:

  • Use a sticker calendar. Let your kids place stickers on each day to represent brushing and flossing.
  • Play music. Collect your kids’ favorite two-minute songs and make sure they brush the whole time.
  • Personalize. Help your child pick a themed toothbrush in his or her favorite color.
  • Provide a kid-friendly floss holder.Y-shaped devices make flossing more comfortable.

New Mouth Guard 

Does your child plan on playing sports this fall? If so, be sure to get them a mouth guard to protect their teeth from injuries. Facial injuries are one of the most common injuries in sports, and many can be made less severe with proper protection like a mouth guard. If your child is playing a sport, then you can keep their teeth safer this season with a sports mouth guard.

Reusable Water Bottle 

Water helps strengthen and clean teeth. With every sip, water cleans teeth by ridding them of any leftover foods or acids. It also washes away bacteria and sugars that can eventually lead to cavities. Water has zero calories, and helps restore the mouth’s pH balance to fight unhealthy levels of acid. But, water also hydrates the body as it sweats. If your child’s school allows it, a water bottle is a great way to ensure that your child stays adequately hydrated while at school. 

Do one of these, two or all. Preparation is a great way to start the new school year stress free and ensure those precious smiles stay healthy! And remember to give us a call and help you plan your appointments ☏
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