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Victoria Ramos – D.M.D.  at Aleris Salem Dental Center
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5 Back-to-School Dental Tips

School is right around the corner, and it’s time to get your child’s smile ready! A back-to-school dental checklist is essential because it helps promote and maintain good oral health for children as they start a new school year. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help identify and address oral health concerns early on. By scheduling a dental visit before school starts, you can ensure that any potential problems are detected and treated promptly, preventing them from worsening or causing discomfort. Going over an oral hygiene routine with your child and emphasizing the importance of proper brushing and flossing techniques sets the foundation for good habits. Oral health is closely linked to overall health. Poor oral health can contribute to various health problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory issues, etc. By prioritizing oral health, you also promote your child's overall well-being.

Here are five dental tips that should be included in a comprehensive back-to-school dental checklist:

  • Schedule a dental check-up: It is essential to schedule a dental visit for your child before the school year begins. A check-up allows the dentist to assess oral health, address existing issues, and provide preventive care. Explain to your child the significance of regular dental check-ups and why oral health is essential for overall well-being. Help them understand all preventive care benefits and the dentist’s role in maintaining a healthy smile.

  • Establish a dental hygiene routine: Emphasize the importance of a consistent oral hygiene routine for your child. Please encourage them to brush their teeth for two minutes at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and to floss daily. Reinforce healthy habits like proper technique and the importance of reaching all areas of the mouth. Evaluate your child's toothbrushes to ensure they are in good condition. Replace toothbrushes with frayed or worn-out bristles. Replacing toothbrushes every three to four months or sooner if needed is recommended.

  • Evaluate lunch choices: Encourage healthy eating habits that support good oral health. Limit sugary snacks and drinks in your child's lunchbox, and instead include tooth-friendly options such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and water. Convince your kids to eat apples, nuts, cheese, and plain yogurt over sugary things. Also, they should remember that drinking lots of water does more than keep the body hydrated. It also washes away any plaque and bacteria clinging to the teeth.

  • Stock up on dental supplies: Ensure you have an adequate supply of toothbrushes, fluoride toothpaste, and dental floss for your child. Consider purchasing travel-sized versions for their school backpack or lunchbox. Having dental supplies readily available at home makes it convenient for children to follow their oral hygiene routine. Sharing dental supplies, especially toothbrushes, is not recommended as it can spread harmful bacteria and increase the risk of infections. Providing dental supplies to your child eliminates the need for sharing and helps protect their oral health. Having the necessary dental supplies at home allows them to maintain their oral hygiene routine between dental visits, ensuring their teeth are in good condition, and any potential issues can be identified and addressed promptly.

  • Discuss mouthguard use: If your child participates in sports or activities with a risk of dental injuries, discuss the importance of wearing a mouthguard. Consider getting a custom-fitted mouthguard from their dentist for the best protection. Concerning using mouthguards for sports and creating a plan for dental emergencies at school can help protect your child's teeth from injuries. Being prepared and proactive can minimize the risk of dental emergencies and ensure swift action is taken if an incident occurs.

Have you scheduled your child’s back-to-school dental checkup yet? For more information, please call Aleris Salem Dental Center at (855) 745-0055 and start the school year with a healthy smile!


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