It’s August, and that means just a few weeks before school starts up again! Here are a few tips for this school year!
Top Ten Teeth Tips for Back to School
Teaching your kids good dental hygiene habits early on will not only ensure their oral health, reducing dental bills, but also their overall health! Help them get an A+ on their next dental report card:
1. Bring your child to the dentist at least twice per year. Keeping the mouth healthy is very important. Toothaches in kids can cause them to miss school, which is never a good thing!
2. Let your child choose his or her own toothbrush as long as it’s the proper size and soft bristled, it makes for a more enthusiastic brusher! Replace a toothbrush when it’s worn, bristles splayed, or after an illness. NEVER share a toothbrush.
3. Kids are sensitive to strong flavors and usually dislike adult toothpaste. Finding a flavor of children’s toothpaste they like will be trial & error but worth it in the long run.
4. Using a 2 minute tooth brushing timer will help to keep track of the time and make sure they’re brushing for the recommended two minutes three times each day.
5. Pack a nutritious lunch & snack. Fresh fruit, vegetables, and cheese are great choices. Cheese, like aged Cheddar, Swiss, and Monterey Jack, is especially good for teeth because it neutralizes acids. Avoid fruit juices & sodas because they are very acidic and erode tooth enamel. Also avoid foods that are sticky or chewy because they will cling to the tooth surface, allowing the bacteria in plaque to produce more acid.
6. It’s unlikely that kids can brush their teeth after lunch. But a quick trip to the water fountain to rinse their mouths is almost as good!
7. Floss picks make flossing easier for kids and come in fun flavors. Find one they like and the battle is almost won! If you can’t get your kids to floss twice a day, make sure they floss before going to bed.
8. Have your child wear a mouthguard while playing sports. Protecting teeth during contact sports is very important to avoid broken or loose teeth.
9. If your child gets hurt on the playground or bumps or breaks his or her teeth, call your dentist right away! Some dental emergencies should be treated immediately to avoid long-term consequences.
10.If your kids do chew gum, choose gum with xylitol in it, which can actually help prevent cavities from forming!