Your Dentist-Approved Back to School Dental Care Guide
These five top dental tips will help to ensure your child’s smile remains healthy while they’re away from home.
It’s that time of year again! September means bye-bye to summer and hello to a new school season for kids everywhere.
So without further ado, here are four things that you, as a parent, can do to ensure your child’s smile is still being looked after during school hours:
1. Send your child to school with emergency tooth brush and floss
While it’s not completely necessary for you to get your child into the habit of cleaning their teeth at school, it won’t hurt to teach them to brush and floss whenever they can after consuming anything processed or high in sugar. Because, let’s face it: sometimes, dare we say oftentimes, sweet snacks or beverages will find their way into your child’s mouth at school.
But other than that, as long as your child is adhering to healthy dental habits and a proper oral care routine by brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing once (which can easily be accomplished outside of school hours) - then they’re on the right track.
2. Supply your child with water - not sugary drinks such as juice boxes
Sugary beverages like fruit juices and sodas will wreak havoc on your child’s teeth if you supply them with these regularly. This is because these kinds of beverages are typically sipped over longer periods of time, where they have a chance to really linger on the teeth - increasing the risk for tooth decay and cavity development.
Swap out your child’s daily juice box for a sustainable water bottle filled with that good ol’ H2O. In the long run, this will really help to protect your child’s teeth - and it’s just healthier, overall.
3. Choose dental-friendly snacks
As you know, your child’s lunch and snacks at school should be nutritionally balanced - so it’s important for every parent to get into the habit of packing healthy and smile-friendly meals and snacks for their kids.
Try to stick to supplying just one fruit snack instead of multiple. Dental-friendly foods include assortments of veggies and high-protein foods. Hard cheese is a great snack for teeth, as it helps to neutralize mouth acidity (which causes tooth decay), and is also rich in calcium - a very important mineral for our dental health.
4. Supply your child with a mouth guard if necessary
Even school sport activities can result in accidents that put the teeth and jaw at risk for injury. If your child will be participating in a lot of competitive physical activity at school, visit our dentist to have a custom mouth guard fitted for them to wear during these periods of higher risk.
5. Schedule your child’s routine check-up and cleaning
If it’s been longer than 6 to 9 months since your child’s last dental visit, then it’s time to book another. As part of any proper dental routine, a check-up will help to identify any potential early signs of tooth decay or gum disease as your child begins the new school year, and a professional cleaning will send them to the classroom with a plaque-free smile they can feel motivated to keep fresh and clean!
Our Guelph dentist and team wishes your child an amazing new school year
We hope that you’ll find these back to school dental care tips helpful, and that your child is able to easily maintain a healthy and disease-free smile this school season (and every season)!
Dr. Priya Bhagat
85 Norfolk Street, Suite 308
Guelph, ON N1H 4J4