September 9, 2019
Now that it’s officially September, your little ones are probably getting ready to go back to school if they haven’t already. As they get back into the routine of their daily school schedule, it’s common for them to forget positive habits like caring for their teeth. With about 51 million hours of school missed each year for dental problems, it’s important to do all that you can to help care for your child’s smile. Keep reading to learn some pro tips on how to maintain positive oral health while your son or daughter gets adjusted to a new grade, classmates, and routine.
See Your Dentist
Just like your car, it’s always a good idea to take your child in for an oral health “tune up.” These biannual checkups and cleanings are a great way to ensure the health of their smile while also detecting any issues in their earliest stages. That way, you can send your son or daughter off to school knowing that their smile is in tip-top shape, free of infections, cavities, and other common dental issues in children.
Pack Mouth-Healthy Lunches
What you eat matters, and as a parent, you have direct control over what your children are consuming. That’s why it’s a great idea to pack your kids’ lunches that not only taste good but are also healthy for their mouth. Avoid giving them foods like candy, potato chips, and soda because these are high in sugar, which will put their teeth at risk of decay. Instead, try packing them low-fat dairy, nuts, fruits, and veggies! These foods are not only nutritious, but fibrous properties in vegetables can naturally scrub away plaque and bacteria while calcium can remineralize teeth.
Make Brushing and Flossing Fun
Who said oral healthcare can’t be fun? By making brushing and flossing an enjoyable activity, you’ll be motivating your children to care for their smiles, but you’ll also be setting them up for oral health success in the future. One tactic is to turn brushing into a dance party. You can find a song that is about 2 minutes long, so when it ends, your kids will know that their time for brushing is up! Be sure to brush, dance, and wiggle alongside them because kids often follow by example.
Give Them Water Instead of Juice
Juice, soda, and other beverages that your kids tend to like are high in sugar and acidity, which promotes decay and cavities. Instead, have them drink water! Most tap water contains fluoride, which is a natural cavity-fighting mineral that can help protect their teeth.
Now that you know some pro tips from your children’s dentist, you can send your kids off to school with the best dental health possible!
About the Practice
At Creative Dental Concepts of CNY, we have a team of dentists who are committed to caring for patients of all ages. They know back to school can be a hectic time, which is why they want you to understand some easy yet effective tips for healthy smiles. If you have any questions, they can be contacted through their website or by phone at (315) 475-6641.
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