Back-to-School Dental Tips
It’s that time of year again! Summer has once again passed in the blink of an eye, and students are realizing their schedule-free season is coming to a close. As you check school shopping and creating a car-pool schedule off your to-do list, we offer up 3 dental health tips to make sure your children start the year off with a healthy mouth. 1. Take your child to your dentist. Have your dentist examine your child’s teeth at least twice a year (and more if he/she has some dental problems). This will ensure that dental problems are caught early or even prevented. The earlier you start your child's routine of visiting the dentist, the greater the chances are of them continuing the habit as adults. A thorough dental assessment before your child returns to school will also prevent him/her from suffering from sudden tooth aches and missing school as a result. 2. Set a brush/floss schedule for your child.Your child should be brushing 2 times a day and flossing once a day. Many school-aged children skip brushing, flossing or both in the morning because they are in a hurry to get ready for school. Do not allow this to happen, even if this means you have to personally supervise your child’s teeth-cleaning routine. Set a scheduled time each morning and evening to brush together and keep true to the schedule. This will help your child get used to this kind of routine early in life! 3. Remind your child to rinse, even at school. Ideally, everyone should brush his or her teeth after every meal. However, this is not always possible. Instead, you can encourage your child to rinse his/her mouth out by taking a quick trip to the water fountain.