As you check things off your Back to School Checklist, don't forget about the Dentist and your child's Oral Health!
Take your kids for their regular cleaning and exam before the new school year starts.
Childhood is a time of change as they lose their baby teeth and develop their permanent teeth. Tooth decay is the most chronic childhood disease and if left untreated, it can affect a child’s ability to eat, speak, sleep and/or learn. Going for simple preventative check-ups can detect any early decay. Ask your dentist about sealants or fluoride treatments to prevent cavities before they start.
Choose healthy snacks
Take charge and pack a good nutritious lunch which includes the recommended daily servings for fruits and vegetables. Also remember to include items with calcium to keep teeth nice and strong. Stay away from sugary foods and drinks; as well as simple starches like potato chips or granola bars which break down and coat the teeth with a sticky goo that promotes decay. Offer crunchy snacks like celery sticks, baby carrots, nuts and even cheddar cheese with water. These are much better options for recess or after-school practices.
Maintain good oral hygiene by making brushing and flossing fun
Encourage children to brush at least twice a day for minimum 2 minutes each time. As well flossing at least once a day is important. Allowing children to pick their own toothbrush or creating a sticker calendar can help to engage their interest in their own brushing habits. Another option to motivate your child is to download an app which makes it more exciting and interesting.