The end of summer and return to school are here and with the changes that entails, especially in these challenging times, it would be easy to neglect your family’s oral health. Sensational Smiles in Plano, TX would like to help make the back-to-school season easier with family dental care and tips on maintaining your oral health.
1. Make dental appointments for your whole family
Making your dental check-ups at this time every year is a good way to remember to schedule them. However, dental appointments fill up quickly, so don’t forget to make your kids’ back-to-school dental appointments soon before school schedules and after school activities get in the way. You should schedule your own while you’re at it, too!
2. Pack low-sugar items in school lunches
Packing school lunches for your children every day can be stressful, and it’s easy to want to throw in snack-sized treats on busy mornings. Planning ahead and pre-packing healthy, low-sugar items can help protect your kids’ teeth from tooth decay. There are some tasty, low-sugar pre-packaged snacks that are worth the extra shopping time to find and buy.
3. Establish a time for tooth brushing
Kids thrive on routine, and establishing a daily oral hygiene routine will help set them up for a lifetime of good oral health. Dentists recommend brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, so good times for oral hygiene might be during the morning and bedtime routine.
4. Let kids choose their toothpaste and toothbrush
Make oral health more exciting to kids by allowing them to choose their own dental products. Point out the children’s dental products and show them where to look for the ADA seal of approval. Make certain they choose an ADA-approved toothpaste and toothbrush so that their oral care doesn’t damage or harm their teeth. Allowing them choices in their products helps them to look forward to using what they’ve chosen, making oral hygiene easier to maintain.
5. Reward good oral health
Find a reward system that works for your family and reward good oral health. If your child got a good report from their dentist, reward them with an anticipated activity or privilege to help reinforce and reward their hard work.
6. Know what to do in a dental emergency
Accidents happen, and knowing what to do in the first moments after a dental emergency can avoid the permanent loss of a broken or knocked-out tooth. An adult tooth that has been knocked out must be kept moist, so instruct your child to place it between their cheek and gums. If this is not possible, keep the tooth in a glass of milk and contact your dentist right away.
For a cracked or broken tooth, wash the mouth out with warm water immediately and contact your dentist for follow-up care. If there has been any trauma to the head or mouth, seek medical attention right away.
Dr. Mark Sowell and his team at Sensational Smiles wish you a great back-to-school season! To schedule your family’s appointments, schedule a complimentary consultation with us online or call (972) 382-6855.