As summer comes to an end and the back-to-school season begins, it’s the perfect time to instill healthy dental habits in kids to ensure their smiles shine brightly through the year. Good oral hygiene not only supports their overall health but also boosts their confidence and self-esteem. Frankel Dentistry wants to help all our NW Ohio families care for their oral health and share their smiles confidently with their friends and peers. Here are some essential tips for parents to help teach our little ones the importance of maintaining excellent dental care during the school year.
Brushing and Flossing!
Start the day off strong by encouraging kids to brush their teeth for at least two minutes after breakfast and before bedtime. If brushing is a breeze, introduce flossing! Flossing removes plaque around and between teeth. Did you know if you skip out on flossing, you miss out on cleaning 40% of your tooth’s surface area.
Choose Teeth-Friendly Snacks:
Teaching kids to make smart snack choices can help them better care for their dental health. Try snacks like fresh fruits, veggies, yogurt, and cheese instead of sugary treats and sticky candies.
Pack a Tooth-Friendly Lunch:
When packing lunches incorporate dental-friendly items such as carrot sticks, cucumber slices, and whole-grain crackers. Avoid sugary drinks and try milk or water instead.
Encourage your kids to drink water throughout the day. Water not only keeps them hydrated but also helps wash away bacteria and acid that can lead to tooth decay.
Regular Dental Checkups:
Schedule with us! Schedule regular dental visits for your little ones. We recommend bi-annual visits to the dentist to maintain strong oral health habits and catch any potential dental issues early on and ensure a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles.
Is Your Child an All-Star? Consider a mouth guard!
If your child participates in sports, ensure they wear a properly fitted mouth guard to protect their teeth from any injuries that could happen on or off the field during games and practices. One of the best parts about sports is the sugary electrolytes drinks we love to refuel with. Excessive sugar can lead to tooth decay, so it’s better to opt for healthier alternatives like water or diluted fruit juices.
As we gear up for the back-to-school season, let’s prioritize our children’s dental health by teaching them healthy habits that will last a lifetime. By incorporating these simple tips into their daily routine, we can ensure that their smiles stay bright, confident, and healthy throughout the school year. A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body! Better dental health practices could maybe even mean less sick days! Remember, instilling good oral hygiene practices set the foundation for a lifetime of dental health!
Due for a cleaning or looking for a new family dentist? Frankel Dentistry is happy to care for you and your little ones. With two offices, flexible hours, gentle hygienists, and more, we’re here to create the best dental care experience.
Call today to schedule or visit us online at www.jonfrankeldentistry.com