The start of a new school year means making a checklist for school supplies and buying new clothes. It also means that you need to talk to your child about the importance of maintaining a healthy dental routine now that they’ll be preoccupied with school and extracurricular activities. A healthy dental routine is easy to practice during the days of summer when things are less busy. It’s easy to forget to brush your teeth and floss at nighttime when there’s so much else going on. In order to prevent your child from forgetting a healthy dental routine, make brushing and flossing fun for the kids with a few exciting and rewarding techniques.
- Use a Sticker Calendar: Allow your child to place stickers on each day to represent brushing and flossing.
- Play Music While Brushing: Set up your child’s favorite songs to play while they brush their teeth and floss.
- Personalize Their Toothbrush: Help your child pick a toothbrush with a theme or in their favorite color.
- Purchase a Floss Holder: A floss holder is a kid-friendly device that provides a grip and makes flossing more comfortable.
As the school year begins, time escapes us and we get preoccupied with other priorities so if you haven’t taken your child to see the dentist, the time is now to schedule an appointment. A third of children miss school due to oral health problems so the sooner you take care of their oral health, the better they will thrive in class.
Don’t forget to talk to your child about the importance of healthy eating. Picking the right snacks instead of chips and cookies can have a beneficial effect on your smile. Choose crunchy snacks like celery sticks, carrots, and cubed cheese over candy and granola bars.
To schedule a dental checkup appointment for your child, call Dr. Bruce Silva today.