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Back to School Dental Tips

With school back in session, parents are now getting back into the routine of sending their kids off to school with a backpack, packed lunch (if needed), and a positive outlook for success. Often neglected is ensuring that they are set up with the tools to get a perfect dental score as they begin a new school year. Here are our recommendations as the year begins to start incorporating into your child’s oral health routine to maintain a healthy and happy smile.

Brushing & Flossing 

While at the store buying new backpacks and school supplies, make sure to stock up on toothbrushes and floss for the new school year. A fundamental step in maintaining oral health is routine cleaning of the teeth. The American Dental Association recommends brushing for two minutes, twice a day.

Further more, it’s important to switch out toothbrushes every three to four months for proper hygiene. You might even consider packing an extra toothbrush and toothpaste in your child’s backpack to use after their lunch. No matter how you incorporate brushing and flossing into your daily routine, making it a fun part of your day will ensure they don’t put up a fight. 

Restrict Sugar Intake 

It can be tempting to pack treats for your child in their lunch boxes or for an afternoon snack. One of the best ways to fight cavities and champion a healthy smile is to restrict sugar intake and foods that can harm your teeth. Swap out the candy and soda for healthy alternatives like flavored water and sweet fruits. Leave the sugar for special occasions when they can appreciate the treat.

Kid Athletes: Use Mouthguards 

If your child is involved in sports, we recommend making a mouthguard an essential part of your child’s routine. The American Dental Association found an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard. It’s always good to stay on the safe side and have your child wear a mouthguard while playing any school sports. Learn more about how to incorporate mouthguards into your child’s gym bag in our previous blog

Schedule Regular Dentist Visits 

Key to maintaining a healthy smile is scheduling regular pediatric dentist visits.If your child happens to have a cavity, loose tooth or signs of any oral health issues during the school year it can become a major distraction from their school work. Early detection of these issues is important for handling problems down the line. It would be hard for anyone to focus when all that is consuming their thoughts is a toothache. Finding an issue and being able to fix it before they become busy with school, sports and after class activities will leave you with more time focusing on their schoolwork and not dealing with 

Visit Pediatric Dentistry of Central Iowa 

At Pediatric Dentistry, out Dentists have been serving the Des Moines and Ankeny communities for over 50 years. Schedule your back-to-school appointment and get your child ready for the new school year. If your child is a new patient, please fill out a patient history and consent form prior to your first visit. We look forward to seeing you and have a great school year ahead.