Dental Tips for Back-To-School
With over 10 million school hours missed per year due to dental problems, it’s safe to say that taking steps to prevent dental problems and dental emergencies in school age children is a smart idea. Here are some back-to-school dental tips that will help ensure that your child or teen’s healthy teeth check-ups are the only dental appointments they will need this year.
Parental supervision on oral care
Parents should supervise home oral care, as children miss many areas. Generally kids will get the front teeth clean and miss the back areas. Let kids start on their own, then finish with a parental final clean. Talk about the importance of clean teeth for back to school. Teeth are important to chew, smile and speak. All of these things are important when socializing and learning at school.
Don’t skip regular dental check-ups
The best way to prevent extensive dental work is to detect problems early. Children should see their family dentist every 6 months for an exam and a dental cleaning. This allows for small problems to be caught early! Not only is this easier on the child, but less costly and time consuming for the parents as well.
Wear a sports mouth guard
One of the most common sports injuries is dental trauma. Make sure your child or teen wears a dental mouth guard to protect their teeth during practice and games. Ask your family dentist about a custom-fit mouth guard for sports protection.
Did your teen get their braces off this summer? Make sure they are wearing their retainers! Teeth do have memory and will quickly move back to their old position. Keep teeth from shifting by helping your kids be compliant with the regular use of their retainers.
The foods we eat impact our dental health. Pack dental friendly snacks like veggies and fruit, cheese, yogurt, meats and whole grains. Avoid sugary drinks and sodas in the lunch box. Refrain from choosing sticky fruit leathers for treats.