Tips for a Successful School Year with a Healthy Smile

With the new school year upon us, parents may implement proper oral care as part of their children’s new daily routine. Inadequate brushing and flossing can lead to serious problems for children and adults; however, the following tips can help everyone remember to practice good oral hygiene in order to maintain a clean, healthy smile throughout the school year.

Schedule a Cleaning

A new school year often requires new clothes, shoes and supplies. Adding a dental cleaning and checkup should also be added to your child’s list. A thorough dental checkup will allow your child’s dentist to pinpoint and correct any issues. If your child is undergoing orthodontic treatment schedule his or her adjustments as early as possible to ensure orthodontic appointments are convenient for your family.

Cut Back on Sugar

With school in session, you can help your children cut back on their sugar intake by packing healthy snacks and lunches. Check your child’s school lunch menu to ensure healthy options. Instead of offering sugar-filled, after-school snacks, consider the following:

• Fruit slices
• Vegetables
• Cheese and crackers
• Frozen yogurt

Healthy snacks may reduce sugar, and protect your child’s teeth from damage or decay.

Establish a Routine

Ensure to schedule enough time every morning and evening for your child’s oral hygiene. Children should brush their teeth for several minutes per session and floss at least once a day.
All children deserve a healthy, beautiful smile and good oral hygiene will ensure that their smiling bright through the entire school year.