It’s almost time for the new school year! Here are just a few tips for parents to make sure all the kids’ teeth are in tip top shape when headed back to school.
1) Set Some Rules
Consider setting some rules to protect your child’s teeth against cavities without cutting out all the fun:
- Swish with water after eating or drinking sugary foods and beverages
- Eat a full meal before dessert to fill up on nutritious foods first
- Create a list of off-limit foods and drinks, such as sodas, that have no nutritional value
2) Pack Nutritious Snacks
To satisfy cravings while on the go, consider packing snacks that are low in acid and sugar, such as vegetables, most fruits, nuts, cheese, milk and water. These foods are much healthier for your child’s teeth compared other choices such as fruit snacks, raisins, candy, juices, and sodas.
3) Set a Brushing and Flossing Schedule Now
Get into the habit of a brushing and flossing schedule before school starts so there’s one less thing to worry about with all the back-to-school madness begins.
I recommend brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, once after breakfast and once before bed. If your child indulges in a sugary or sticky treat during the day, it’s also a good idea to brush afterwards.
Flossing is just as important as brushing! Try setting a family goal for everyone to floss at least once a day.
4) See the Dentist
Make sure your child visits the dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups. A professional cleaning and exam will catch problems early and help your child maintain a healthy mouth for life. Dental sealants and fluoride varnishes are great preventative treatments we provide at Bluejay Family Dentistry to help prevent cavities in both baby and adult teeth.
5) Lead by Example
The easiest way to teach your child healthy dental habits is to lead by example. This way, you will also benefit from a healthy mouth!
As always, my team and I are here to help. Give us a call to set up your child’s checkup before schools starts!