It’s that time of year again — back to school! You’ve probably stocked up on all of your child’s new supplies, clothes, backpack, and shoes, but have you gotten their smile ready for school yet? We’re here to remind you to schedule routine cleanings for your entire family and give you a few good tips for maintaining your child’s healthy smile throughout the year.
- Schedule Checkups for Your Family
- Establish a Healthy At-Home Routine
- Pack Tooth-Healthy Lunches
- Wear Protective Appliances
- Call Us ASAP for Emergency Dental Care
Before your schedules get overloaded with practices, homework, exams, pep rallies, sporting events, music lessons, and all the other things school entails, make sure you bring your child in for their biannual cleaning. It can be difficult to find the time later in the semester once the holidays approach, and you don’t want to delay your child’s dental care.
Your child’s at-home routine is equally as important as attending their routine cleanings and checkups. Ensure your child brushes their teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste twice per day for two minutes each time (and spits it out after brushing), flosses at least once per day, rinses at least occasionally with an alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash, and drinks plenty of water.
Pack your child healthy lunches to help them prevent cavities. Avoid packing too many juice boxes, sugary candy, and sticky foods. Every once in a while is okay, but these items can cause decay very quickly if consumed on a daily basis. Incorporate crunchy veggies, dark leafy greens, fresh whole fruit, whole grains, dairy, nuts, and lean protein to promote strong teeth.
When your child is participating in physical activity and sports, remind them to always wear their protective mouthguard to protect their teeth from damage. If your child trips or receives a blow to the face, a mouthguard will help prevent a chipped, broken, and knocked-out tooth. These circumstances are considered dental emergencies and it is always better to prevent them than treat them.
However, if you or your child does requires emergency dental care, call us immediately. We offer prompt, same-day care for dental emergencies. Three Creek Dentistry is open Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Our team will do all we can to alleviate your child’s pain and keep their smile in tip-top condition!
We Want to Care for Your Child’s Smile!
These tips are a great start to maintaining your child’s healthy smile throughout the entire school year. Ask us additional questions about promoting excellent dental health for your child and schedule their next appointment at Three Creek Dentistry by contacting us today.