5 Dental Health Tips for Back to School
These simple tips will keep your kids happy and healthy throughout the school year
It’s that time of the year again. The togs have been traded for uniforms and already your little ones are back in school, filled with the excitement of a new year, different teachers and classmates, and more challenging subjects. You’ve done everything you can think of to help them succeed in class, but have you thought about their oral health? Establishing positive habits during childhood is the basis for creating and maintaining good dental health throughout adulthood. Take advantage of the wave of change at the beginning of the school year to instil good habits that will set your child up for success.
5 back to school dental health tips
Dr Phil and the team at Distinctive Dental Care have come up with 5 easy things you can do to set your children up to have beautiful, healthy smiles throughout their lives.
Develop a good dental routine
Brushing teeth twice a day and flossing once a day is recommended for everyone from children to the elderly, and the earlier kids are habituated to this process, the more likely they are to keep it up. Stress the importance of this routine and don’t let them skip their morning brush, even when you’re in a rush. Try brushing and flossing your teeth while your child does theirs so they see that it’s a normal, grown-up thing to do.
Make brushing and flossing fun
Daily brushing and flossing can be something to look forward to with a little effort. Let your kids choose their own toothbrushes with their favourite cartoon characters or maybe try a new flavour of toothpaste. Have your children choose a favourite, two-minute song and then challenge them to brush their teeth through the whole thing.
Regularly visit the dentist
It’s recommended that everyone, including children, visit the dentist’s every six months for a regular check up and clean. This is the premise of preventative dentistry, where the goal is to catch issues before they become expensive problems. At your child’s next visit ask Ashleigh or Belinda, our friendly Oral Health Therapists, about sealants and fluoride to prevent decay and strengthen enamel.
Choose healthy snacks
When we think about eating healthy food, we don’t often consider its impact on our dental health. Many of the same things considered to be unhealthy for the body are also unhealthy for the teeth. Sugary, sticky and starchy foods can get caught in the crevices in and between teeth causing decay. Try packing things like veggies, fruits, nuts, cheese and yoghurts for your kids, but also have a talk with them to understand what kinds of foods they are eating at school. With so much unhealthy food available today, it’s imperative that children are well informed when making decisions about what they eat, even from a very young age.
Taking a few moments to give some thought to your child’s dental health now can save you stress, time and money in the future. Try booking your child’s next check-up and clean well in advance for a time you know will be convenient, leaving an extra toothbrush at your kid’s best friend’s house for impromptu sleepovers, and putting our contact information on file at your child’s school in case of dental emergency. Things like this are simple to do ahead of time and can make a real difference.
Come see Dr Phil for the best care for your whole family
Distinctive Dental Care is your Bundaberg choice for personalised care. Our family friendly clinic welcomes children of all ages and we will strive to give you the best experience and highest quality of care you have ever experienced in the dental field.
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