It’s that time of year again. Summer is coming to an end and school is right around the corner. Are your kids’ teeth ready?
Schedule a Checkup
Regular dental exams are important to diagnose, treat, and prevent dental problems. Between homework, sports, and school clubs, it can be hard to find time for the dentist once school begins. Come in for a cleaning and take care of any cavities or other problems that may have developed over the summer.
Restock Dental Supplies
Stock up on toothpaste, floss, and replace old toothbrushes that have frayed bristles. Buy dental supplies that your kids will enjoy – choose their favorite color or cartoon character! Put floss in your kids’ lunchbox or backpack to encourage flossing after meals or snacks.
Pack Healthy Lunches
Choose healthy foods that strengthen and remineralize the teeth, such as cheeses, chicken, nuts, and milk. Avoid chewy foods and sugary snacks that contribute to tooth decay such as candies, cookies, raisins, and other dried fruits. Send your child to class with a refillable water bottle rather than juices or soda.
Protect Teeth During Sports
Dental injuries can happen in any sport. An athletic mouth guard will help protect your child’s teeth, gums and cheeks from injury. You can purchase an inexpensive, basic mouth guard from a sporting goods store or ask Dr. Lewis for a custom fitted mouth guard.