4 Tips to Protect Your Child’s Back-to-School Smile

July 15, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — winningsmile @ 9:55 pm
Mother sending child to school after visit to children’s dentist

According to relatively recent studies, poorer child dental health was found to be significantly associated with reduced school performance and psychological well-being. This only further proves the importance of giving children the attention they need when it comes to their at-home oral hygiene and professional dental checkups. Thankfully, there are ways you can start preparing right now. Consider these tips from a children’s dentist to get started!

Schedule a Dental Checkup

With the help of a children’s dentist, you’ll be able to confirm if there are any concerns with your child’s oral health before they have to start thinking about their academics. The last thing you want is for them to experience a toothache or other dental problem right when they are in the middle of learning or completing homework.

Make Brushing Fun for Your Child

Let your child pick out their favorite toothbrush, toothpaste, and other dental supplies they might enjoy. If they find a product that features their favorite cartoon character, it can make establishing a consistent routine even easier! As long as their toothpaste is fluoridated and their toothbrush is made with soft bristles, they are sure to safely keep cavities at bay.

Get Involved in the Bathroom

Don’t be afraid to join them as they begin their brushing and flossing routine. This will give you a chance to make sure they are performing oral care properly as well as show them just how important oral hygiene is to you as they prepare for school.

Give Them Healthy School Lunches

Oral hygiene is only one part of giving your child what they need to keep a healthy smile throughout the school year. It also means giving them foods and beverages for lunch that won’t increase their risk for cavities and gum disease. For example, consider options that are high in fiber, proteins, and dairy, such as meats, cheese, and fresh fruits. Avoid foods that are particularly high in sugar content, especially soda, sports drinks, or certain juices.

While it can be difficult to avoid all dental problems, you have the ability to give your child the best head-start possible. That begins when you schedule an appointment with a children’s dentist. Give one a call today!

About Winning Smile Dental Group

At Winning Smile Dental Group, our dentists are highly trained to treat a variety of oral issues. Dr. Polly Reese has enriched her dental career by expanding her knowledge and skillset within dentistry. She has completed the entire curriculum for the prestigious Spear Education: Innovative Dental Continuing Education, is currently a mentor, and belongs to a local Spear Study Club that meets monthly to review case studies. Additionally, she has studied at the Las Vegas Institute and completed The Huggins/Grube Protocol, a study for biologic and holistic dentistry. Dr. Robert Baima has garnered more than 40 years of clinical experience and is currently a Diplomate with both the American Board of Periodontology and the American Board of Prosthodontics. If your child is due for a checkup appointment, you can contact Winning Smile Dental Group through our website or by calling 847-350-1697.

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