Dental Care & Back to School
Top Dental Tips for a Successful Back to School Experience
Children of all ages face unique challenges with back to school, and your morning and night routines often are the craziest times full of stress and rushing around in order to get out the door. Both of those times are coincidently the two times per day where you have to care for your teeth. Try out some of these tricks to make those transitions a little easier without compromising your child’s oral health!
- Make time for that dental routine. Build a morning brush into your daily prep and do the same for bedtime. Don’t forget to floss! Consistency is helpful for kids of all ages, and it can be comforting for those struggling with new school schedules.
- Have your child pick out a new toothbrush, floss, and mouth wash for back to school. It will get them excited to go back!
- Let your child choose their toothbrush and toothpaste. It doesn’t matter how old your kiddo gets, having any decision making power over even the smallest things can mean everything to them.
- Encourage drinking lots of water and avoid those sugary drinks, especially before bedtime.
- Have older siblings help. Big brothers and sisters can set examples for good oral hygiene, and take a load off you.
- Reward good oral habits, especially for younger children who need positive reinforcement. Maybe start a sticker chart to get them involved and keep them brushing.
- If your child plays sports, invest in a mouth guard for extra protection.
Remember, talking about oral health is important. When you openly discuss the reasons for brushing, flossing, and eating snacks that are good for teeth, you help your child understand why it’s important. The chart below helps kids to stay excited about brushing, save it and print it at home or ask the front desk for one at your next visit.
Healthy Back to School Snacks
Lunchtime at school is one of the most social times of day, and also a critical point for providing your child with healthy foods to keep them going. Even if you don’t pack your child’s lunch anymore, it’s important to have healthy snacks on hand to encourage them to eat well.
Elementary Kids Snack Ideas
It’s tempting to toss in some gummy treats and flavored juice packs, but your child’s teeth could suffer. Elementary-aged kids are growing fast and need nutrients to support strong teeth and healthy gums.
Try swapping out the sugary foods and drinks for some snacks that are good for your teeth, like milk, cheese, and tropical fruits. Mangos and kiwi taste sweet but pack a lot of valuable vitamins. Encourage your kids to drink water as much as possible. These foods are good for your teeth and can easily be incorporated into the lunch box:
- Baby Carrots with Ranch
- Celery with peanut butter
Middle School and Teenage Treats
It’s about middle school that lunch becomes more about socialization than food, so it’s in your best interest to provide a collection of healthy snacks for your kid’s teeth. If they can munch on things that don’t embarrass them or detract from their social hour, they’re more apt to eat.
The best snacks for teeth are cucumbers, carrots, and celery. You can pair them with a dip or marinate them in an herb mixture overnight. Even better, those snacks are shareable which could help your kid’s teeth and their social life!
Scheduling Your Fall Dental Check Ups
Getting your routine dental cleaning every six months is an important part of your family’s oral health care. It’s easy to lose track of routines over the Summer and the amount of ice cream and junk food consumed is at an all time high. It’s more important than ever to schedule cleanings for your family and going back to school is a great reminder to get them on the calendar.
The fall is also a great time to consider any specialty appointments that may be needed. We are proud to offer many advanced dental services under one roof such as wisdom teeth removal with Dr. Paul Galante and orthodontic services with Dr. Greg Campi. You are in good hands with any of the doctors here at Campi Dental.
Back to School with Braces
The summer is a big time for many kids to get their braces on. The school year is going to be a bit of an adjustment and will need some extra focus. Below are a few tips for those with braces:
- Make a plan for how your child can find time to brush after lunch.
- Build a braces kit for school that includes a travel toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, and dental wax, see the sample kit below.
- Plan for emergencies so that your child knows where to go and who to call.
- If possible, have your child carry a water bottle to ensure they keep hydrated and rinse away debris and bacteria throughout the day.
It’s also important to discuss healthy eating habits with your child. Remind them what to avoid with their braces and be sure to pack braces-friendly snacks for good teeth!
Final Thoughts on Back to School Dental Care
Phew! We can’t help with those supply lists or finding the perfect picture outfit, but hopefully, this guide takes away some back to school stress. Arming your child with everything they need to know about oral health is one step in preparing them for the future. In short, support a solid oral care routine and have plenty of tooth-friendly snacks on hand.
If you haven’t scheduled your back to school dental check up, that’s okay! There’s still time to book an appointment to get your kids’ teeth sparkling for a boost of confidence as they head back to class.
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