Summer is coming to a close, and school is almost back in session! While the new academic year brings many changes to your child’s daily routine, there’s one thing that doesn’t need to change: your healthy dental routines. Dr. Dale Probst, your local family dentist, wants to make sure your child’s smile is ready for their return to school. Here are three important dental tips to help your family have a successful transition back to the classroom.
- Schedule a visit with the dentist – Starting the year off right begins with an appointment with a family dentist. Scheduling a dental exam is good for several reasons. It gives your child’s teeth a deep cleaning, polishing away any plaque and stains. It also gives your dentist the opportunity to look for signs of any serious problems, such as cavities. Finding these issues sooner rather than later means less pain and discomfort for your child. It also means less inconvenience for your already busy life.
- Don’t let your kids get out of their routines – Summer means less stress and more free time. This often leads to healthier habits. Help your kids maintain their usual dental routines, no matter how packed the schedule gets. Make sure they brush twice a day: once in the morning and once before bed. To make sure everything’s done correctly, brush your own teeth alongside your children.
- Practice saying “no” to sugar – Now for the hard part: turning down sugary foods and drinks. While the occasional treat isn’t necessarily harmful, large amounts of sugar can create big dental problems down the road. Pack healthy snacks for your kids to take to school. Encourage them to drink water rather than sugary sodas juices.
Help your little ones start the school year with a healthy smile. Schedule an appointment with a family dentist by calling Dale Probst, DMD.