When it comes to getting your children ready for going back to school, much of the focus is put on buying uniforms and school supplies. Don't forget about their teeth. More than a quarter of parents' state that their child has had to miss school due to a dental related concern. While prepping your children for school, make sure you're also focusing on their oral health.
Check your calendar to see if it's time for your children to have a dental check-up. These appointments serve as one of the greatest defenses against more progressive dental issues, such as gum disease. With regular visits, any problem with your child's oral health will be highlighted long before it turns into something more progressive. If your child will need a checkup during the school year, make your appointment early so that you can schedule your appointment after school hours. If your child wears braces, this appointment is especially important.
Double-Check Hygiene Gear
While you're gathering school supplies and seeing what other items your children need, this is a great time to look at your child's tooth brush, tongue scrapper and floss supply. If you're not sure how much time has passed since you last purchased these items, you can generally look at them to see if it's time for a replacement. For example, with a toothbrush or tongue scrapper, if the bristles are bent or worn, it's time to replace.
Plan Healthy Lunches and Snacks
If you plan to prepare lunches and snacks for your children, make sure you're choosing healthier options. Keep in mind that if you're sending your children to school with sweet treats, the sugar and the bacteria in their mouth will have all day to react with one another, increasing their risk for plaque and cavity development. Try to include more fruits and vegetables in their lunch and save the treats for home when they can brush soon after eating.
Re-Visit Hygiene Practices
When the school year begins, it seems like time goes by at a faster pace. Unlike the summer, when everything is moving a little slower and you can spend more time helping your children get ready in the morning, this is not always the case during the school year. It's a good idea to ensure your children know how to brush and floss properly in case you don't have the time each morning to watch over them while they perform these steps.
As a parent, it's your duty to ensure your child is prepared all around, so ensure you're including their oral health on your back-to-school checklist. Contact a dentist, such as at Reed & Sahlaney Orthodontics, LLP, for help.