Summer is winding down, and the new school year is just around the corner. When creating a back to school plan, we hope that you will include a dental plan as well!
Here are some tips for maintaining healthy teeth during the school year.
1. Schedule Dental Checkup Appointments
We recommend that your child visit the pediatric dentist at least twice a year. Professional dental assessments by a board certified specialist are important to ensure your child’s healthy teeth. Call Riverstone Pediatric Dentistry today to schedule your child’s next appointment.
2. Establish Healthy Oral Hygiene Routines
Are your children brushing twice a day and flossing? It’s easy to skip brushing your teeth in the early morning rush to school, but establishing a consistent, healthy routine before school starts can prevent this from happening.
3. Prepare Healthy Snacks and Lunches
Brainstorming healthy lunch ideas may already be on your to do list, but have you thought of creating lunches that also are good for your child’s teeth? Snacks that are kind to teeth include fruit, string cheese, vegetables, and unsweetened applesauce. Try to avoid sticky snacks such as fruit roll ups, and instead of packing sugary soda or juice, think about water or other non-sugared drinks.
4. Guard against Injuries
If your child plays sports, think about purchasing a mouth guard that could prevent dental injuries from happening. One of the most common ways that you can injure your teeth is by playing sports, and we want your child’s teeth to be healthy!
5. Replace Toothbrushes
The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or when the bristles are frayed. A new school year is a great time to check your children’s toothbrushes!
Schedule your next appointment with Riverstone Pediatric Dentistry today! We offer excellent dental care in a fun and friendly atmosphere.