Back to school dental tips
It’s almost the beginning of a new school year, and your children have new clothes and materials. But don’t overlook your oral health! Include these dental health recommendations on your back-to-school shopping list.
- Take your kids to the dentist
A dental cleaning and checkup is a great way to start the school year. To avoid tooth decay, talk to your child’s dentist about sealants and fluoride treatments. These treatments are simple ways to prevent cavities from developing. They can even help your youngster do better at school.
- Pick the right snacks
Substitute healthy alternatives for lunchbox no-nos. Try nuts instead of chips or crackers. Because salty snacks don’t contain sugar, they appear to be healthful, yet simple carbs can be just as unhealthy. These nibbles degrade into a sticky substance that coats teeth and promotes rotting. Instead of candy and granola bars, serve nutritious snacks such as celery sticks, baby carrots, and cheddar cheese cubes.
- Make brushing and flossing fun
Brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time to maintain their mouths healthy. They should floss at least once a day, ideally after dinner. To make oral hygiene more fun, try the following tips:
- Use a sticker calendar to keep track of your appointments. Allow your children to use stickers to depict brushing and flossing on a daily basis.
- Play some music. Collect your children’s favorite two-minute tunes and have them clean their teeth the entire time.
- Assist your child in selecting a toothbrush with a theme in his or her favorite color.
- Provide a floss holder that is suitable for children. Flossing is easier with the Y-shaped gadgets.