Typically, back to school season would be filled with setting up carpools, signing up for extra-curricular activities, and sharpening pencils. However, in light of COVID-19, the start of the school year looks a bit different. To set your child up for success, it is crucial to stick to a solid routine that can help provide some normalcy and predictability. And there is no better place to start than with their oral hygiene habits! A children’s dentist shares three back to school dental hygiene tips to keep their teeth and gums healthy throughout the semester ahead.
Tip #1: Schedule Their Bi-Yearly Visit
Between the hustle and bustle of preparing for the start of the school year and the ever-present threat of exposure to COVID-19, many parents are considering postponing their child’s routine visit. However, their bi-yearly appointment is more important now than ever! Not only will a trip to the dentist provide their teeth with some post-quarantine TLC, but it will also ensure that any small issues are treated before they turn into big dental emergencies. Plus, decades of research have found that a healthy mouth promotes healthy grades. So, make sure to prioritize their back to school appointment!
Tip #2: Make Taking Care of Their Oral Health Fun!
As a parent, getting your child to take brushing and flossing their teeth seriously can be a daily battle. Fortunately, little, fun changes to their oral hygiene routine can turn it into an experience they look forward to! So, if your little one is struggling with the motivation to take care of their teeth and gums properly, try:
- Playing some music.
- Letting them pick out their favorite toothbrush at the store.
- Making the flossing routine easy with a kid-friendly flosser.
- Using a sticker calendar to visualize their progress.
Tip #3: Fill Their Lunch with Vitamin-Rich Foods
When it comes to your child’s oral health, the foods they eat are equally as important as frequent brushing and flossing. After all, if they are chewing crunchy foods or opting for sugary snacks throughout the day, their teeth can quickly become vulnerable to tooth decay and cavities. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you fill their lunch with vitamin-rich foods and healthy alternatives. For example:
- Fresh fruits (i.e., apples, watermelon, etc.).
- Refreshing vegetables (i.e., celery, broccoli, etc.).
- Dairy products (i.e., yogurt, cheese, etc.).
To protect your child from experiencing a dental emergency and ensure that they are set up for a successful school year, it is important to prioritize the above three hygiene tips. That way, their teeth and gums can stay in tip-top shape throughout the semester!
About the Author
Dr. Brett Amedro earned his Masters of Physiology from the University of North Carolina State University before completing his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Michigan. Since then, he has received advanced training in oral surgery, dental implants, periodontal treatment, and root canal therapy (to name a few!). Dr. Amedro is also a member of multiple prestigious organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Colorado Dental Association. If you would like to speak with him about scheduling your child’s back to school appointment, don’t hesitate to visit his website or give him a call at 970-668-1010.