Kids are anxious and parents are (very) excited, as family households prepare for rushed schedules and new routines.
But amid the excitement, let us not forget about the importance of staying healthy during this time. Don't let things like tooth brushing and healthy eating fall by the wayside. There are steps you can take to keep kids – and their mouths – in great shape during the start of school and beyond.
Here are my back-to-school dental tips for parents and kids alike.
1. Keep brushing and flossing.
According to a report by the U.S. Surgeon General’s office, oral-health related problems cause the loss of 51 million school hours per year. Combat tooth decay by getting children to brush for the recommended two minutes twice a day and using proper brushing and flossing techniques.
And, if your kids are running late for school, have them grab a toothbrush to take with them. Chances are they'll have a least two minutes before the bell rings to get their teeth brushed in the school bathroom.
2. Sport a mouth guard.
An injury can take the fun out of gym class and after-school sports but proper sporting gear can help. Use a mouth guard to protect teeth from getting chipped by a fly ball or errant puck or hockey stick.
3. Eat healthy.
Teach children about healthy snacking and avoiding ju
nk food. Stock pre-cut fruits, vegetables, cheese and pre-made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in their lunch boxes and in the fridge. Also, stick with nutritional drinks like white milk, water and low-sugar fruit juice instead of plaque and cavity-inducing drinks like sodas and other artificially-flavored drinks.
4. Check in with me.
Children who feel sick or are in pain as a result of a toothache will be less likely to do well in class. Keep everyone smiling by making appointments to ward off potential dental problems.
When was the last time you or your children have come in to see me? Is it time for another appointment? Give us a call!