Back to School Reminders for Good Dental Hygiene
It’s hard to believe, but in some parts of the country, kids are back in school or will be shortly. That means you may be buying school supplies, new clothes, or even sending children off to college. It’s a busy time of the year for sure.
One thing you don’t want to forget about is the health of your child’s teeth. The beginning of the school year is a great time to reinforce good dental hygiene habits. Here are some reminders for keeping your child’s teeth healthy.
- Schedule a dental visit.
This is an ideal time to schedule a child’s dental visit. Regular dental visits are more about preventing dental problems than treating them, so you want to make sure you have them on your calendar. If you have a child going off to college, but they want to continue to see their local dentist, make sure they schedule a check-up before they leave.
- Reinforce brushing and flossing techniques.
For younger children, if you want to reinvigorate their excitement for brushing, let them pick out a new toothbrush while you’re purchasing school supplies. You can also have them watch a video on what they should be doing while brushing and flossing. For older children, make sure they have a new toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss to start the school year.
- Make sure your child wears a mouthguard.
If your child is involved with sports, you will want to make sure they have a properly fitting mouthguard. This will help protect their teeth from damage, especially during contact sports. Even a child off at college who participates in sports (intramural or otherwise) should be wearing a mouthguard.
- Encourage healthy snacks.
Maybe over the summer, the snack choices were a little more relaxed, but you can start the school year off on the right foot by stocking your house with healthy options. Fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, and water are all excellent choices for kids and will help keep teeth healthy.
While you’re getting your children back into the school routine, help them get their oral hygiene habits back into a routine, too. You’ll be helping them have healthy teeth for a lifetime.