Back to School Oral Health Tips

September 12, 2021
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It’s officially back-to-school season, which means homework, bus rides, and extracurriculars are back in full swing again. These factors can really add up, packing your childrens’ schedules and making it difficult for appointments and sometimes, for self-care. But don’t let a busy fall schedule get in the way of your kids’ oral hygiene. Here are some tips for getting your kids’ teeth in their best health for this school year!

Book Early

While school has already started, it’s not too late to start thinking about dentist appointments. Book early to get appointments during school breaks or other convenient times, so you’re not as likely to need to pull your child from school or sports for their exam and cleaning!

Eat Right

Kids love junk food, but it’s so bad for their teeth. That’s why it’s important to pack healthy snacks like fruit, vegetables, nuts (if permissible), and lean protein like yogurt, cheese, and meats. This will help protect their teeth when they are away and can’t get to a toothbrush.

Brush, Brush, Brush

Encourage your children to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time and to floss at least once per day to keep those teeth strong and healthy. Yes, in young children they will lose those baby teeth, but getting a cavity in baby teeth can still be very painful, and left untreated can damage adult teeth coming in.

To help encourage your kids to brush, offer guidance or help with brushing. Set a timer on their tablet, play a short song, or get an electric toothbrush with a built-in two-minute timer.

Protect Teeth During Sports

Sports like football and hockey are notoriously dangerous for teeth. Teeth can easily be knocked loose, knocked out, or chipped or broken playing sports – especially contact sports. That’s why it’s important if your child does participate in contact or other sports, you insist they use a mouthguard.

There are many types of mouthguards available, including boil-and-bite over-the-counter guards, and for those looking for a more comfortable and durable fit, prescription bite guards are available through Dr. Mingus.

To schedule your fall dental exam or to learn more about mouthguards, contact Dr. Mingus’ office today!