Back to School Basics

Dreaming about warning bells and drop off lanes are signal that a new school year is about to begin. How many things have you completed on your back to school checklist for the kids? New clothes? Check. School Supplies? Check. Immunizations up to date? Check. How about their teeth? The beginning of the school year is a great time to get your children’s oral health habits back on track.

Establish a Set Brushing Time

Establish a routine and set a brushing time in the morning and evening. Everyone should be brushing their teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day, as well as flossing. Help them create these habits by brushing and flossing with your children. Make it exciting by letting them pick out a new toothbrush when purchasing their school supplies. Brushing and flossing daily can greatly reduce decay and the prevention of gum disease.

Healthy Lunch Options

When packing your child’s lunch, remember, you are what you eat. Help maintain a healthy diet by avoiding sticky, sugary treats and fill their lunches with healthy grains, fresh fruit, raw veggies and cheese. While many school cafeterias have been offering healthier options, you can’t stop your child from selecting a treat. Have a discussion with your kids about what options are healthier for them in order to help them make informed decisions. If they do end up having something, it’s okay. Remind them to rinse with water and make sure to brush and floss when they get home. This will help get rid of any stickiness stuck on their teeth which will help remove plaque and reduces their chance of decay.

Pack a Water Bottle

Sports drinks and juice are filled with sugar and are highly acidic. The acidity from these drinks can can wear down their tooth enamel. Instead, encourage your kids to drink more water. Water is not only a better option when rehydrating, it can also flush the stickiness and particles from previous meals. Make water more appealing by letting your child pick out a special water bottle.

Mouthguards

Being active and sports are a big part of the whole school experience for many students. No matter the age, make sure your child is wearing a mouthguard for any contact sport. These devices can protect tooth loss, broken teeth or other dental damage.

Schedule a Back to School Dental Check-up.

A dazzling smile is the best accessory when heading back to school. Children should see a dentist every six months. All too often, oral health is overlooked and many children are distracted by toothaches, therefore they can’t perform at their best. Contact Bassett Creek Dental at 763-546-1301, for an appointment today. We look forward to helping your children start off the year right with clean, healthy teeth.

Sources: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/article/ada-08-consumer-news-back-to-school



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