Back to School Tips for a Healthy Smile
1. Brush after breakfast. Many of us think to brush our teeth right after we wake up, mainly as a habit to tackle bad morning breath. However, brushing after breakfast helps keep cavity causing bacteria at bay for the start of the school day.
Tip: Remind the kids to brush before they rush out the door!
2. Snack on fresh fruits and vegetables. It's easy to find snacks loaded with refined carbohydrates but apples, bananas, coconuts and strawberries and many other natural products have been found to help keep your teeth healthy.
3. Limit high sugar beverages. Carbonated drinks and fruit juices are often loaded with sugars that can cause many health issues including obesity and dental cavities. Drinking water is essential and fluoridated water can help to repair developing cavities.
Tip: Dilute juices with water and offer your child filtered tap water.
4. Brush after school. Cavities start developing immediately after we eat and most kids find it difficult to brush their teeth during the school day. So, be sure to make it top on the list once they return home from school.
Tip: Offer kids sugarfree gum on the way to after school activities. Chewing Trident for twenty minutes after you eat has been proven to fight cavities.
5. Brush before bedtime. Our saliva levels drop when we sleep. Before you go to bed, be sure to brush, floss, and rinse away all the food and bacteria that have been playing all day.
Tip: Making oral care a part of a healthy lifestyle sets the stage for a lifetime of good oral health.
6. Make visits to the dentist routine. Dental visits every six months are recommended to prevent and treat dental problems.
Tip: Be sure to consult with your dental office about your child's particular cavity risk and preventive measures that may need to be implemented.