New outfit? Check. Pencils? Check. Backpack? Check. Your kids are all ready for back to school right? Not so fast. An important part of the back to school season is a healthy mouth. Early mornings, rushed schedules, gym classes and packed lunches can make it difficult to keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong. Making time to take the right precautions before it’s too late can be the best investment you make.
“Aside from a cleaning and dental check-up, there are a few things you should keep in mind as your child heads back to school,” says Dr. Maryam Adibfar, a leading Toronto dentist. “Tooth decay, cavities and other issues like sensitivity are big concerns for many parents. In fact, dental pain and discomfort can make it difficult to take part in school activities.”
Let’s take a look at a back to school preparation list that takes oral health into consideration.
Healthy Teeth: Your NEW Back to School Checklist
Regular check-ups and cleanings: This is the easiest one on the list. It can be difficult to spot oral health issues. Sometimes they can creep up and surprise us. Relying on your trusted Toronto dentist to keep an eye on your children’s teeth is a smart idea. These appointments give your dentist the opportunity to quickly diagnose and treat issues before it’s too late. That’s why regular, consistent check-ups are so important. It’s also a great preventative measure so your child’s teeth are as healthy as possible.
Keeping a brushing and flossing routine: The back to school season is an exciting time of year. Even though it signals the end of summer, kids are excited to get back into their favourite classes with their best friends. But between the early mornings, long days and after school activities, schedules are beyond hectic. How many times have you found yourself rushing your kids out the door? This can make it tougher to keep a consistent and effective brushing and flossing routine. It might mean getting up a few minutes early or bringing a brush and floss to that late night football game. Try to plan ahead and find ways to keep brushing and flossing front of mind.
Eating healthy: While your children were at home for summer, you had a pretty good handle on what they ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You also probably had time to ensure they had healthy snacks around them. But with little time in the morning and packed lunches at school, eating healthy can be a bit of a chore. It might seem easier to give them lunch money, put together a processed lunch with their favourite candy bar, but it could have a huge impact on their oral health. Many pre-made, convenience lunches and snacks are high in sugar and low in nutrients. Try including some easy to pack meals and snacks that include milk, cheese, veggies, yogurt, whole grain cereals, bread and natural meats. This is a great way for them to keep a balanced diet and help them ward off cavities or other oral healthy issues.
Time for Some Oral Health Help for Back to School
If you need to book your regular appointment or want to schedule a cleaning, contact our team today. We can help keep your children’s teeth healthy, beautiful and strong.