As the kids head back to school, you want to make sure they’re developing healthy dental routines that will keep their breath fresh, their smiles bright, and their teeth in great shape. School starting back is a great opportunity to start new habits, refine old ones, and change things up if they aren’t working for you. Start with some of these great tips for maintaining better back-to-school dental routines.
Kids should be brushing their teeth at least twice a day–and brushing after every meal is even better. By making tooth-brushing a regular part of the morning routine, you encourage kids to get their teeth brushed every day before they head off to school. Even better, send them off to school with a travel toothbrush so they can take care of their teeth after lunch.
If you’ve been sending your child off to school with the assumption that they’re eating a nutritious school lunch every day, think again! Many kids skip straight past the healthier offerings in the school lunch line–and that’s assuming that their school isn’t counting ketchup as a vegetable. Sit down with your child and discuss whether or not they’re eating a healthy lunch at school. If the school lunch isn’t satisfying for your child, it might be time to change things up and pack your own. Good nutrition leads to healthy teeth and gums!
Heading back to school is a great trigger for reminding you to schedule your child’s appointment with their dentist. If it’s been more than six months, it’s definitely time to get them in! Regular dental appointments are critical for maintaining oral hygiene and detecting small problems before they become more serious.
If you’re ready to make a dentist appointment for your child or are worried that your child has a problem that needs to be corrected, contact us today. We’ll help you get started with a great oral hygiene routine that will keep your child’s smile bright and healthy.