It’s about that time when summer is over and it’s time to begin a new school year. While you’re checking off the back-to-school to-do list, don’t forget about your child’s smile. Here are four tips that will help keep your youngin’s teeth healthy this school year!
Schedule a Dental Check Up
If you weren’t able to schedule a dental cleaning and check-up for your child during the summer, it’s best to set up an appointment now before the school year gets too hectic. According to the CDC, cavities are one of the most common chronic childhood diseases in the U.S.
Regular dental check-ups are one of the best preventative measures for cavities. It is recommended to visit the dentist every six months. Doing so can help diagnose, treat and prevent dental problems. This can prevent missed days of school and unnecessary pain down the road.
Pack Dental Friendly Foods
Opting for snacks and lunches that are good for your child’s teeth is a great way to ensure a healthier smile. Sugary foods and drinks are a major culprit linked to cavities. Instead, pack items that include cheese, milk, grains, fruit and raw vegetables. These nutritious options will help your child have strong teeth, healthy gums and excellent growth and development.
Protect Against Dental Injuries
If your child participates in any sports, it might be worth looking into having a mouthguard. Sport-related dental injuries and emergencies are common but can be prevented with the right equipment. Properly fitted mouth guards can protect the lips, teeth, tongue and cheeks while your child is out on the field.
Create Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Returning to school typically entails returning to a more consistent routine, which is fantastic for dental health. Making oral health a priority for the entire family is the best method to assist your child in creating and maintaining a great routine. It can occasionally be beneficial for families with smaller children to brush together. Parents may model excellent brushing practices for children while building a routine that can be enjoyable.
For tablets and smartphones, there are apps for brushing and flossing. These apps can give incentives and music, as well as instruction on proper brushing techniques and time limits to ensure children use the full two minutes.
If you have any other questions regarding your child’s dental health, or you need to schedule an appointment, give Beall Dental Center a call!