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Back to School Dental Tips for a Healthy Smile

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Start the School Year With a Bright Smile

This school year may look different for your family, as children who have become accustomed to virtual learning may be headed back to the classroom. While your little one is getting used to learning their ABCs in person, it’s important to reinforce healthy habits to keep their teeth and gums bright and healthy.

Here’s your refresher course before the year begins:

Common Pediatric Dental Issues

Many of a kid’s dental problems are the same ones that affect adults — however — your child’s teeth are still developing. This means that dental conditions can cause poor tooth development, leading to more serious issues as they grow up. Here are some conditions to be on the lookout for:

  • Tooth decay
  • Sensitive teeth & gums
  • Bad breath
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Teeth grinding
  • Canker sores
  • Tooth loss

Tips for a Healthy School Year

Now that you know what to look out for, use these tips to ensure your child’s smile is protected while they’re at school:

  • Pick up a fresh, new toothbrush.
  • Send them to school with plenty of water.
  • Choose tooth-friendly snacks for lunch, such as baby carrots and cheese.
  • Remind your child to brush before they leave for school and after dinner.
  • Pack a floss-holder for your little one to bring on the go.
  • Make brushing and flossing fun by adding music to their routine.
  • Make a calendar and add stickers to mark off when your little one brushes and flosses.
  • Ensure your child has had their back-to-school dental cleaning.
  • If your child plays a sport, fit them for a mouthguard.
  • If your child has braces, make sure they know how to care for them.

Schedule Your Pediatric Cleaning Today

Are you signed up for our text message program to help keep track of your family’s routine dental checkups? Your little one should have their teeth checked at least twice a year — once every six months.

Our pediatric dentists at ProHEALTH Dental provide preventative and general dentistry to children compassionately and gently. Our warm and welcoming atmosphere will help your children stay relaxed and calm.

If you haven’t scheduled your little one’s back-to-school appointment yet, contact our team today.

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