5 Best Tips to Keep Back-to-School Kids’ Teeth Healthy

  • Posted on: Dec 21 2016

How can I help to make sure my kids keep their teeth healthy now that they’re back in school?

Now that it is late fall, the kids are back in school and out of their parents’ sight for more extended periods of time. Nonetheless, of course, they are very much on their parents’ minds. Kids’ safety and health are constant priorities. Parents are concerned with their children’s dental, as well as medical, health and often ask what steps they should take to ensure that their kids maintain good oral health.

Setting a good example goes a long way toward helping the process along. Teaching kids good dental habits begins with making sure you follow your own learning curve.

Here are five tips to maintain healthy teeth and gums:

  1. Keep your teeth clean by brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Whenever possible, it is best to use an electric toothbrush and an irrigator (water flosser) as well.
  1. Make sure that you are well-nourished. A well-balanced diet, complete with all needed vitamins and minerals will keep your immune system in good order which will, in turn, help you to avoid oral disease.
  1. Avoid foods that are problematic, especially when you won’t be able to brush after eating them. Foods that are difficult for saliva to wash away are those that are sugary and starchy, corrosive, or sticky, adhering to the surfaces of the teeth. Examples of such foods are sodas (even diet sodas are acidic), dried fruit, caramel, lollipops, and other candy.
  1. Have regular dental checkups, including routine cleanings and X-rays. The application of sealants offers wonderful protection against plaque buildup, cavities and other damage to tooth surfaces. This is particularly important for children. Children should also be checked to see whether they require orthodontia, for health reasons as well as aesthetic ones.
  1. Protect teeth and gums during contact sports and other athletic activities, such as surfing or skiing. Accidents affecting the teeth, gums, and jaw are all too common. Once your child gets his or her permanent teeth, they should be carefully protected so they will, hopefully, last a lifetime.

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