Here are some dental tips to ensure that your child’s teeth stay healthy this school year.
It’s amazing how quickly summer flies by. It feels like just yesterday that school was closing for summer; however, it’s that time again—time to get ready for kids to go back to school. It can be a hectic time for most families as everyone rushes to buy textbooks, new school clothes and tons of school supplies. After all, you want your child to be ready for the very first day of school. However, as you’re putting together your checklist of back-to-school to do’s, you might want to add something else to that list: a dental appointment. If your child is in need of their six-month checkup and cleaning, now is the perfect time to see your local dentist
. You want your child to go back to school with a healthy smile.
If you’ve already called our office to setup an appointment, here are some other dental tips that you and your child should adopt:
Replace your child’s toothbrush regularly: If the toothbrush looks worn and the bristles are beginning to fray, it’s time to replace it. In an effort to get your child more interested in personal dental hygiene, let him or her pick out a toothbrush of their liking. There are a lot of fun designs out there!
Choose tasty toothpaste: Depending on the age of your child, the minty flavors we enjoy when we brush up might not be as pleasant for your child. Therefore, it might be best to choose some kid-friendly flavors. When you’re picking out a toothbrush, also let your child pick out toothpaste that sounds good to them. If they like it, they’ll be more likely to brush regularly.
Buy floss picks: Getting your child to brush can sometimes be a nightmare, let alone getting them to floss their teeth. Sometimes you have to pick your battles, which in this case may leave your child not flossing. Instead of buying the standard floss, which you know your child won’t use, opt for some floss picks. They come in fun colors and flavors, and they are easy to use.
Pack smart lunches: When you’re packing your child’s lunch for school, make sure to pack it full with smile-friendly items like fruits, vegetables and even cheese. Avoid acidic and sticky foods as they produce more plaque and erode enamel.
Talk to your Bolingbrook family dentist about other ways to make sure that your child’s teeth stay healthy this school year. We would be happy to chat with you about your child’s smile. If you need to setup an appointment, or you just have a question, you can call our office anytime.
Attention: all parents! Have you come up with some of your own tips to get your child to brush his or her teeth more regularly? Do you have a reward system that works? If so, we would love to hear how you get your kids to take care of their smiles.