August 22, 2019
Getting a dental exam before school starts is just as important as making sure your child is up to date on all their immunizations, says the American Dental Association. Tooth decay is the most common chronic infectious disease affecting children in the United States, and it’s important to get it treated right away. Since you’re already making a list of things to do before school starts, why not see your family dentist in Scarborough to get your kid’s teeth taken care of? What else should you add to that list? Here are 4 things you should do to make sure your child’s oral health is in good shape.
1. Buy a Fresh Toothbrush
You should change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, or shorter if you’ve been sick recently. However, most of us wait a lot longer to replace them. This can cause the brush’s bristles to get worn down and not clean as effectively. While you’re at the store searching for new pencils and notebooks, make a quick detour to the dental section and pick up a new brush for the new school year.
2. Pack Healthy Lunches
Put mouth-healthy foods in your kid’s sack lunches, such as milk, cheese, veggies, fruits, and yogurt. Avoid packing any sugary snacks or soft drinks, as those can increase your kid’s risk of cavities. If your little one eats a lunch from the school cafeteria, talk to them about which options are healthiest for their teeth.
3. Wear a Mouthguard
The beginning of the school year is a great time to try out for sports. Unfortunately, many schools don’t require their little athletes to wear mouthguards during physical activities. This means their teeth aren’t protected from injuries. Ask your family dentist about getting your kid fitted for a mouthguard to make sure their little teeth don’t get knocked out or broken.
4. Visit Your Dentist
You and your child should be seeing the dentist at least once every six months. Since you’re probably already seeing their primary care doctor about getting physicals and immunizations, why not visit their dentist while you’re at it? The dentist can diagnose and treat tooth decay and make sure your kid’s teeth are nice and clean for the coming year. Your dental hygienist can also polish their teeth and make them shiny just in time for yearbook picture day.
The beginning of the school year is a busy time, but by adding these 4 things to your to-do list, you can make sure your child’s mouth is in great shape.
About the Author
Dr. Arti Patel is a member of the Ontario Dental Association, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons, and the Academy of General Dentistry. She enjoys working with patients of all ages to help them achieve healthy smiles without worry. To get your little one ready for the upcoming school year, you can reach Dr. Patel on her website or by calling (416)-285-4545
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