The school year means schedules that are jam packed full of activities. The school day takes up some of the day, after school activities including sports and enough time to get some homework done and showered before bed. It does not leave a lot of time to put lots of effort into your children’s dental care. The business of the school year sends parents looking for ways to take the stress out of the life. This can often mean cutting corners with brushing, flossing, safety and food prep. These areas then start to suffer. Following are some quick and easy tips on how to continue to put effort into caring for your child’s teeth this school year!
Smile Reef Lists Ways to Help Keep Your Child’s Teeth & Gums Healthy this School Year
Wake Up Early & Brush Teeth Before Breakfast: This is an important step to take for children during school year. You want to be sure that you give your child enough time to wake up and get ready. They need to have time to get in the bathroom and do a good and thorough dental cleaning. Using a good toothbrush and toothpaste in the morning is a great way to remove the bacteria and germs that are lingering on the teeth from the night’s sleep. You also want to make sure kids are aware of the best ways to clean their teeth and how to properly floss. Giving them time to do this without feeling rushed is a great way to ensure that it is done right. It is also important to brush teeth before eating breakfast as brushing too soon after eating can damage the enamel in its weakened state. Consequently, it’s a good idea to brush your teeth before eating an acidic food and to drink a glass of water when you are finished to wash away the acids.
Pack Food for Healthier School Lunches: One area that moms can start to take the easy way out is packing school lunches. There are many options at the store of prepacked and premade options that are quick to toss in a child’s lunch. The problem is that many of these items are full of preservatives as well as packed with sugar. You want to try and substitute the treats and sugary drinks out of their lunch with better options. This can be an easy fix with a water bottle and some fresh fruit and vegetables. The packaged foods that you buy should be checked closely. Something that you don’t know is that the longer the shelf life is a packaged food the worse it can be for your teeth. The food contains lots of starch and that is not good to have on your teeth for some time. The starch sticks to your child’s teeth and that can be a perfect area for bacteria to grow causing cavities. Try harder to replace these packaged foods with fresh things that you can get at your local grocer.