Back to School Dental Tips
According to statistics from the Health Policy Institute, the prevalence of untreated cavities in school-aged children has decreased from 24.4% to 18.3% over the past decade. This might be because parents are putting more emphasis on their children’s dental health, but is more likely a result of better medical coverage that pays for dental treatment.
Whatever the reason, better dental care among kids mean less time off of school for children due to cavities and infection from untreated caries. Here are a few tips to make sure you keep your kids’ smiling and happy this school year:
- Make your twice-yearly appointment for a cleaning before the school year starts, and ask whether fluoride treatments would benefit your child. Kids with a number of cavities who don’t drink a lot of milk might also need sealants for their teeth to keep them from chipping or breaking.
- Stock up on healthy school snacks. Avoid sticky sweets and refined sugars that have no nutritional value. Fruits, veggies, grains and cheese may not win the great taste award with your kids, but they’ll keep them from unwanted trips to the dentist in between cleanings.
- Make brushing and flossing a part of your child’s nightly routine. If your child is hesitant or needs to be reminded on a regular basis to brush her teeth, use a reward system or incentive to encourage her to remember.
- Prepare your children for the new sports season by purchasing a mouth guard. Evidence has shown that children who don’t wear mouth protection during sporting events are seven times more likely to have a face/mouth injury than other players.
Bring your kids into Kids Zone Dental before they head back to the classroom. Call and make an appointment or request a consultation, and keep your children smiling this school year.