How to Help Your Children Maintain Good Dental Hygiene in the Busy Back to School Season
When school starts back up, it can be a challenge just to get everyone dressed and out the door each morning. However, there are some parts of your routine that shouldn’t go by the wayside just because schedules are fuller this time of year. Dental hygiene, for example, should remain a priority, especially for kids who are just getting the hang of regular brushing and flossing. Here are some tips for helping your children keep their teeth and gums healthy as they go back to school this year.
Schedule Check-Ups for the Whole Family
A visit to the dentist’s office at the start of the school year can help your child remember the importance of daily brushing and flossing. If he or she has been brushing and flossing well, then the results of that effort will show with a cavity free smile. Celebrating this achievement is good motivation to keep up that effort. Alternatively, any cavities or signs of gum disease might be motivation to start the school year with better habits.
Make Dental Hygiene Part of the Daily Routine
Having a written schedule for the household can help reduce hecticness in the morning and keep things running smoothly each school day. Remember to include time to brush teeth in the morning schedule and make it a priority each night before going to bed. If your kids are younger, you might set a good example by brushing your teeth and flossing with them each day.
Pack Healthy Snacks in School Lunches
Your child’s diet can have a profound impact on his or her oral health. Your child’s school lunches are the perfect way to sneak in some extra nutrition. For example, apple slices can be a great substitute for a sugary dessert, and they will actually help to scrub the teeth clean after lunch. Other healthy options include whole grain crackers, veggie sticks, and yogurt.
At the office of Dr. John R. Carson, DDS, you can find dental care for the whole family. Call our friendly Tucson dental practice at (520) 514-7203 to schedule cleanings and checkups for you and your children.