Your child may have the latest wardrobe, sports equipment, and school supplies to succeed this upcoming school year, but do they have a healthy mouth and the tools needed to maintain it? Just like going to the doctor’s office for a general checkup, dental examinations are an important part of maintaining a healthy body. In fact, your mouth can tell a doctor a lot about your overall health and immune system function.
To ensure excellent oral health throughout the school year, we have come up with a back-to-school dental checklist:
Schedule Some Trips to the Dentist!
Regular checkups are important since teachers and parents are often unaware of dental problems that may be occurring. Your dentist can diagnose any current problems and help to prevent new ones from occurring. This results in a healthier mouth and less time off school.
Regular Brushing and Flossing is a Must!
When you’re out shopping for school supplies this summer, make sure to stop in the dental aisle and purchase several toothbrushes. Dentists recommend that you change toothbrush every 3 months or after an illness. If you’re having a hard time remembering when to change your toothbrush, you could try to changing it every time you receive a report card. Ask your dental professional for his or her personal recommendation on when to change your toothbrush.
Eating Healthy Snacks and Lunches!
One of the best ways to help prevent dental problems is to eat and drink healthy. Pack a lunch that contains choices from all of the food groups: grain, dairy, meat (and alternatives), and fruits and vegetables. Also remember to drink plenty of water. It not only helps to keep you hydrated, but it also aids in your oral health by washing food particles off your teeth. If your child eats at a school cafeteria, take the time to review the food choices with them before the first day of school. Encourage balanced food choices and stay away from those sugary foods and soft drinks.
If your child plays sports that require a mouth guard, it’s important that it’s properly fitted and kept clean. If you need advice on cleaning this equipment properly, just ask your friendly Apple Dentist hygienist for some tips.
Back-to-school time is a busy time. It is easy to forget about our teeth when there are so many other things to remember. Be mindful about your dental health when getting ready for school, and it could save you taking a week off and a few trips to the dentist. If you are in need of a dental checkup or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Apple Dental today.