Back to School Tips for Teeth
Are you ready for back to school? It sure sneaks up on us before we know it! After a fun summer, parents and students alike face the fact that they must switch gears a little and settle back into a school year routine.
Did you know that children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than children who have good oral health?
Sure, there is a lot going on at school. A typical school-day likely consists of lots of time spent in class and possibly extracurricular activities on top of that. Neglecting oral care can leave your student’s mouth susceptible to decay or gum disease and even cause embarrassing bad breath. There are still ways in which you can help your student take care of their teeth regardless of the day’s activities.
Here are some tips to help keep your student’s oral health in tip top shape, even when they are away all day at school.
Be Sure to Send Them with the Proper Supplies
While you’re out shopping for school supplies, be sure to pick up some oral care items that are easy to pack into a backpack or lunchbox. A regular toothbrush with a cover and travel size toothpaste will go a long way. Encourage your student to brush his or her teeth after lunchtime if it’s possible. If necessary, speak with school administration about any special accommodations your student may need to accomplish this, especially if they have braces or any other oral devices or concerns.
Encourage Your Child to Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks
While you probably already encourage your student to eat and drink sugary products in moderation, it is especially important to limit them during the school day as cleaning the remains of these foods and drinks out of the mouth can be a little more difficult during a busy school day.
Water, Water, Water
Be sure your student carries a water bottle with them during the day so that they can sip it and rinse their mouth frequently throughout the day. Water is great for helping to clean the mouth because it washes away leftover food and residue that cavity causing bacteria love to eat.
Keep Up with Regular Dental Cleanings and Check Ups
Regular dental visits are important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy. During a regular visit, the dentist will check your student’s overall oral health for any trouble areas. We will also remove any plaque and tarter buildup. Prevention is always better than treatment. Schedule your student’s next appointment here.