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Good Habits for Back to School

Holly Klock - Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 

As the summer months come to a close, it’s time to start preparing your child for getting back into the routine of going to school, which includes making sure that he or she has healthy dental hygiene. Have you scheduled your next dentist appointment yet? According to the American Dental Association, getting your child’s teeth examined is just as important as getting immunizations and booster shots. A trip to the dentist should be a regular part of preparing to go back to school.


Did you know that children in the US are more affected by tooth decay than any other chronic infectious disease? Further, did you know that 19% of children aged 2 to 19 years old are suffering from untreated tooth decay? This is an issue that may lead to difficulty eating, speaking, playing, and learning, in addition to time away from school.


In order to prevent this illness from taking a toll on your child, you should incorporate the following into your back-to-school schedule:

  • Regular dental appointments in order to properly diagnose, treat, or prevent dental issues. Parents may not recognize a dental problem, so dental examinations are important to spare your child from pain and missing school.
  • Brushing every morning and night with fluoride toothpaste and flossing. It’s also important that you change out your toothbrushes about every three months or after an illness.
  • Eating healthy. If you pack your child’s lunch and snacks, make sure to include healthy items like grains, milk, cheese, vegetables, yogurt, or fruit. If your child has lunch in the cafeteria, go over the importance of a healthy, balanced meal and discuss food choices before the first day of school. Try to avoid sugary foods and soft drinks, too.


For more information on how to protect and enhance your child’s dental hygiene, contact us today! 337-704-2126




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