Whether your child has been back to school for the past month or is just getting back into the swing of things, back to school can wreak havoc on everyone in your family until they are adjusted. Bed times change and there is homework to do. On top of that, you need to make sure they have done things like showered and brushed their teeth. To ensure that your child’s teeth stay healthy all school year long, we have created a list of three dental related back to school habits to teach them. Read on to learn more.
Brush Before and After School
It may be next to impossible to get your child to brush their teeth after every meal during the school year. Many kids would rather be caught with a snake in their hand than a toothbrush while at school. To make sure that their teeth are staying clean, get them into the habit of brushing both before and after-school every day.
Avoid Too Much Sugar
Try packing your kid’s lunch with foods that are good for their teeth such as apples, carrots, and strawberries. And avoid putting sugary foods in their lunch such as fruit snacks, cookies, juices, sodas, and other treats.
Drink a Lot of Water
If your child’s school doesn’t have a program where they encourage kids to drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water every day, it’s up to you. Drinking water throughout the day is a great way to wash off excess plaque, germs, and bacteria from your child’s teeth. Additionally, it will keep them hydrated and alert. To make sure they are drinking enough water, send them to school with a reusable water bottle that they can fill up from the drinking fountain as needed.
Healthy habits start at home, but it can be hard to continue them when school starts. Try using the three basic tips listed above this school year to keep your little one’s teeth healthy and happy.
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To learn more about dental care or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Joel Smith today at (409) 895-0089