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Your Back to School Check List for Your Kid’s Oral Health

August 25, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Russell D. Mann
Young boys and girls smiling with school backpacks

As summer comes to a close and kids go back to school, their daily routine is getting back into full effect. While their oral health is important no matter the season, back-to-school time is a great time to address their brushing and flossing regimen and make sure they stay on track. Here is your back to school checklist for your kid’s oral health.

1. Go Over Their Brushing and Flossing Routine

Depending on your child’s age, they may still need some oversight as they are getting ready for school, and getting ready for bed. It’s important to make sure that brushing and flossing is a part of these twice a day routine. It might be a good idea to come up with a checklist with items like shower, comb hair, brush teeth, etc. so they won’t ever skip on their oral health.

2. Get a Dental Checkup

It’s a good idea to have your dental check-up on your list of to-dos before the kids go back to school. Once they are in the swing of things it will be harder to fit it into the schedule. Even if you have to pull them out of class, think about getting it on your schedule before all their activities begin.

3. Pack Healthy Lunches

Your weekly grocery list might get a makeover every fall to account for the school lunches you’ll be making. When that happens, have oral health on your mind. There are plenty of foods that are good for your teeth, like celery, apples, and cheese. Try to stay away from sugary juices, acidic sports drinks and, of course, soda.

4. Educate Them

As kids get used to the classroom again, they may start to open up their brains and expand their attention spans. This is a perfect time to educate them on their oral health. Whether it’s your dentist teaching them at their checkup, or you using some of the many resources that are available, back-to-school time is the perfect time to teach them about their teeth.

If you have any questions about your children’s oral health, please feel free to contact our office or leave a comment below.

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