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Back To School Tips For Healthy & Happy Teeth
Posted on 09/19/2017

Back To School Tips For Healthy & Happy Teeth

Dental Care For The New School Year

It’s the start of the school year and your child has the perfect backpack picked out and all of her school supplies ready. Does she have a healthy mouth and clean teeth ready for back to school, too?

Pediatric dentistry and a dental check-up are as important as immunizations and physicals. Your child should visit a children’s dentist as part of her back to school preparation! According to statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease. Dental pain and disease from tooth decay can lead to difficulty with everyday activities such as eating, speaking, playing, and learning. Make sure your child’s mouth is healthy to ensure she are able to take advantage of new opportunities the school year will bring. Alderwood Children’s Dentistry has some tips to make sure your kids’ teeth are healthy and bright for the first day of school!

Regular flossing and brushing with fluoride toothpaste

Make this part of their morning and bedtime routine to create good hygienic habits early! Once they finish breakfast before school, it’s time to clean their teeth! Also, change out their toothbrush every three months to avoid worn down bristles and bacteria from illnesses. To remember when to change a brush, swap the toothbrush every time a report card comes out. Rewarding your child’s good grades with a brush featuring their favorite cartoon character will make brushing fun!

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Eating healthy lunches and snacks

Providing a portable lunch for your child is a great way to ensure you know what your child is eating. Pack lunchboxes with healthy foods, including grains, milk, cheese, yogurt, raw vegetables or fruit. Avoiding a sugary diet will help avoid cavities! If your child buys lunch in the cafeteria, educate her about the importance of balanced, healthy food choices and give examples of what she should eat.

Wearing dental protection during physical activity

Make sure your child wears a properly fitted mouthguard while participating in organized sports, PE classes or playground activities. Proactive protection will avoid an emergency trip to the dentist or orthodontist in the future!

Contact Your Mill Creek Children’s Dentist

These tips should help prepare you for the school year and keep your child’s mouth healthy and happy! At our pediatric dentistry practice, we can’t wait to see your smiling face. Get in touch with us to request an appointment so your child can have a healthy, bright smile for the first day of school! We can evaluate your child’s teeth and offer personalized recommendations for dental care throughout the school year. Alderwood Children’s Dentistry proudly serves the Lynnwood, Bothell, Mill Creek, and Edmonds area. Come by our Lynnwood office for your child’s back-to-school check up or call us at (425) 775-5411 if you have specific questions!