As summer time comes to an end and back-to-school season approaches, the first thing typically on parents’ minds is school supplies. However, another important thing to remember when it comes to your children’s checklist in a check-up to maintain their oral health. Did you know that more than 51 million school hours are lost annually because of illnesses related to dental problems? Childhood tooth decay, is the #1 chronic childhood illness! Here are a few tips and tricks for improving your children’s oral health before and during the new school year:
Healthy Routine. While falling back into routines during this time of the year, it is a wonderful opportunity to enforce regular and healthy teeth cleaning habits in your little ones. Brushing twice a day, flossing and keeping a clean mouth are all great reminders to ensure oral wellness in your children.
Eat Healthy Food & Snacks. It is always a better choice to pack your children’s lunch and have control over what they consume versus buying cafeteria food with unknown ingredients. Also, opting for healthy and nutritious snacks like fresh fruit, veggies, cheeses and water will always fall into the kid-friendly and tooth-friendly zones.
Out with the Old. Replacing toothbrushes, dental floss, mouthwash and toothpastes regularly will help maintain oral wellness. Buying fun, colorful and kid-friendly supplies will not only entice them, but will also encourage them to take care of their teeth while having fun!
Check-Ups. With vacations, camps, and general care-free fun, summer’s not usually the time we take care of chores and preparations, but when school starts back up make sure to schedule an appointment for your children to visit the dentist. When you get a cleaning scheduled with your dental office, as part of the visit, your dentist will do an exam to check your child’s teeth for any issues. Early detection also almost always means less costly treatments. When untreated, childhood tooth decay can have consequences beyond what is seen in the dental chair. Extensive decay can lead to malnourishment and bacterial infections. Pain and infection from problem teeth can lead to problems with eating, speaking and concentrating in class.
About Johnson Family Dentistry – Orlando, FL
At Johnson Family Dentistry, we are a dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long, lasting smiles. We are conveniently located next to Publix Super Market in The Shoppes at Eastwood. Contact us Today at (407) 282-0002. Our Services include the following; Bonding, Crowns & Bridgework, Dental Implants, Fillings, General and Cosmetic Dentistry, Oral Cancer Screenings, Periodontal (Gum) Disease Therapy, Porcelain Veneers, Professional Teeth Cleanings, Removable Dentures, Root Canal Treatment, Sealants, Teeth Whitening, TMJ/TMD Treatment, and Tooth Extractions.