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10 Back-To-School Dental Tips For Your Family

Transitioning from a summer schedule to the new school year can be overwhelming for the whole family. Morning routines will need to be pushed back to even earlier times to accommodate bus schedules and the start of your child’s school day.

Dental Care for kids

One routine that can be improved as you prepare for this back-to-school time includes your child’s smile. Here are some dental tips for kids that you can utilize to help improve their routine before the new school year begins:

  1. Schedule a dental check-up: Start by scheduling a dental check-up for your child before the school year begins. This allows the dentist to assess their oral health, perform any necessary treatments, and provide personalized recommendations.
  1. Set a consistent routine: Establish a consistent dental routine for your child that includes brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. Help them set a specific time for brushing, such as after breakfast and before bedtime, to make it a habit.
  1. Upgrade toothbrush and toothpaste: Consider getting your child a new toothbrush with soft bristles that are age-appropriate and a toothpaste they enjoy using. Letting them choose their toothbrush and toothpaste can make the routine more enjoyable.
  1. Teach proper brushing technique: Ensure your child knows how to brush their teeth properly. Show them the correct technique of brushing in small circular motions, covering all surfaces of the teeth and gums. Encourage them to brush for at least two minutes.
  1. Supervise brushing: Younger children may need supervision while brushing to ensure they are doing it correctly and for the recommended duration. As they grow older, gradually allow them to brush independently while periodically checking their technique.
  1. Demonstrate proper flossing: Show your child how to floss their teeth using child-friendly flossers or floss picks. Teach them the importance of flossing to remove food particles and plaque from between their teeth.
  1. Promote healthy snacks and lunches: Encourage your child to choose healthy snacks and pack nutritious lunches. Avoid sugary and sticky snacks that can contribute to tooth decay. Include foods like fruits, vegetables, cheese, and nuts that promote dental health.
  1. Limit sugary drinks: Discourage excessive consumption of sugary drinks like soda and fruit juices. Instead, encourage them to drink water, which is beneficial for overall health and helps rinse away food particles.
  1. Provide a water bottle: Give your child a reusable water bottle to take to school. This not only keeps them hydrated but also encourages them to drink water throughout the day, which promotes saliva production and helps protect their teeth.
  1. Lead by example: Be a role model for your child by practicing good oral hygiene yourself. Let them see you brushing and flossing regularly, as children tend to mimic their parents’ behaviors.

By implementing these tips, parents can help their kids establish and maintain a healthy dental routine as they prepare for the new school year. Consistency, education, and positive reinforcement are key to promoting good oral health habits that will benefit their overall well-being.

To schedule your child’s next dental visit, contact Reilly & Siegel Family Dental now.

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