Back to school is coming up! With the end of summer comes fall, and with fall comes back-to-school season! Make sure your little ones are up to date with their cleanings. A dental checkup will help your kid start the school year off right and give you the peace of mind that their oral health is good. Oral health is essential for a healthy life! Unfortunately, dental hygiene can often go neglected. It usually starts with small things like a toothache or a sore throat but the consequences of neglecting oral health can be more serious in some cases.
Here are 3 important back-to-school dental tips
Establish some healthy habits! Ensure a routine of brushing and flossing 2 - 3 times a day!
It’s important that bedtime snacks are done before teeth are brushed. Salivary flow decreases while you sleep, therefore making your teeth vulnerable to cavities. Just remember, once teeth are brushed at night, nothing to eat or drink unless it’s water
Encourage healthy eating. Tooth-friendly foods include veggies, fruit, string cheese, unsweetened apple sauce, and nuts. It is important to avoid sticky foods such as fruit roll-ups, candy, and granola bars as they can stick to tooth surfaces and cause decay. If these are enjoyed on occasion, ensure to brush, and floss afterward!
Did you know that 20% of children have not visited a dentist in the past year? We believe every child deserves a healthy smile. That’s why we make it easy for parents to schedule their children’s routine dental checkups. Having a confident smile is life-changing. Start the new school year with a smile! Whatever ‘back-to-school’ may look like for your kids and your younger patients, make sure preventive care is on the checklist. Our dentists in Norwalk, CT are committed to providing the best care for children of all ages.
While you’re busy readying your child’s virtual classroom, buying last-minute school supplies, and planning for the year ahead, we can’t think of a better time to also book a routine back-to-school dental checkup! Set your little one up for success with regular teeth cleaning or an overall assessment of oral health. A back-to-school checkup is a proven method to avoid minor dental issues, and by extension avoid unnecessary tooth pain and absence from the classroom!