4 Tips on Getting Your Kid’s Teeth Ready for Back To School
Believe it or not summer is almost over and it is time to start thinking about getting your kids ready for back to school. Traditionally “back to school” supplies means clothes, notebooks, pens, backpacks and other school paraphernalia so your kids are good to go on day one. However, there is one item that is often overlooked and it can be the most important “tool” your kid will need in his or her scholastic year and that’s good dental health.
A back to school dental exam is a smart move and ensures that your kids are starting the school year without the distractions and potential pain that dental problems can cause. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tooth decay is the largest chronic infectious disease risk that your kids will face. Further, it is estimated that 19% of children 2 to 12 have undiagnosed tooth decay and that can lead to problems eating, speaking, focusing and generally leading a normal kid’s life.
Here are a few tips courtesy of Dr. Stephen J. Pyle in Weston to get your kids’ teeth ready for back to school and keep them health throughout the school year:
- Schedule a dental exam for your children at least two weeks before the start of school. That way if work needs to be done it can be completed before the bell rings on the first day.
- Make sure your kids understand the importance of regular brushing and flossing. Use report cards to remind you to switch out toothbrushes for your kid so they always have a good “tool” to help them maintain dental health. Also toss a toothbrush and replace it after any illness.
- What your kids put in their mouths will play a large role in their dental health. If you are packing brown bags make sure you include plenty of grains, milk, cheese, raw vegetables, yogurt or fruit. If they are eating at the cafeteria, take the time to educate them on a balanced diet and the problems that sugar and soda can cause.
- If your kid is going to be involved in contact sports, get him or her a good mouth guard to protect their teeth and also help prevent concussion.
A dental exam and good oral health practices can save your children from unnecessary pain and countless hours of missed classes.