Back-to-school preparation is always an exciting time of year! As you’re stocking up on school supplies, buying new clothes, and scheduling physicals, don’t forget to take the important steps to protect your child’s oral health! Here are a few things you should add to this year’s back-to-school checklist to protect their beautiful smiles.
1. Schedule your regular dental visit.
One of the first items that you should add to your back-to-school checklist is scheduling dental check-ups. In fact, this appointment can be just as critical to your child’s health as getting their booster shots. According to the CDC, tooth decay is the most common chronic infectious disease in children. It can lead to difficulty eating, speaking, and even distract from learning in the classroom. During your child’s dental exam, your dentist will take x-rays and look over their teeth and gums to diagnose any hidden oral health issues. We will perform a professional cleaning to remove tartar and prevent illness that could otherwise cause them to miss school down the road.
2. Buy new toothbrushes.
While you’re at the store buying school supplies, don’t forget to add toothbrushes to the list! This will make it easier to swap out toothbrushes throughout the year as needed. According to the American Dental Association, you and your kids should get a new toothbrush every 3 to 4 months to ensure that they are removing plaque and debris effectively. We would also recommend that you change their toothbrushes if they’ve been sick, as the bacteria that collects in toothbrush bristles could potentially get your child sick again down the road.
3. Stock up on healthy foods.
Healthy foods make for a healthy smile! It is important to avoid stocking your child’s lunchbox with too much sugar. This is because the bacteria in plaque feeds on sugar and, in turn, releases harmful acids that can wear down on your child’s dental enamel. Instead, try giving them fibrous fruits and vegetables—such as carrots, apples, and celery—as these foods naturally scrub the surfaces of their teeth. Dairy products like cheese and yogurt are also recommended, as these contain calcium that strengthen their teeth!
4. Get a mouthguard.
If your child is signing up for sports this year, you may be stocking up on a lot of protective gear. One item you may not have thought to buy, however, is a mouthguard. However, a mouthguard can be hugely beneficial in protection your child’s teeth and gums, particularly when playing contact sports. It can also save you a lot of money by preventing your child from needing expensive dental repairs later on.
5. Add to your emergency contacts.
A new school year means that it is time to update your emergency contact list. Don’t forget to add contact details for Dental Roots to your list, as this can come quite in handy in the case of sports injuries or playground mishaps. We will be happy to help you in your time of need!
Ready to start your school year off on the right foot? Contact Dental Roots today to schedule your child’s regular dental check-up in our convenient Naperville location!