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How to Start the School Year Off Strong!

It’s that hectic time of year again where getting back into the swing of things can be easier said than done. Follow the tips below to help your kids start the school year off strong!

 

Visit Your Pediatric Dentist Every Six Months

On average, students miss more than 51 million school hours each year because of dental problems or related conditions. To avoid your kids missing school, make sure that they brush and floss regularly and visit their pediatric dentist every six months for a check-up. Visiting the dentist regularly can help prevent cavities and reinforce good dental hygiene practices. Click here to find a pediatric dentist near you!

 

Pack a Lunch that Will Guarantee a Brighter and Healthier Smile

To make the most of your kid’s packed lunch, make sure to limit the number of sweets in order to prevent cavities from forming. Add in sweet treats such as apples, strawberries, pears and other fruits. To make fruits and veggies more appetizing for young kids, try cutting the fruits into fun shapes to make eating healthy more fun! Also, pack some cheese! Cheese is one of the healthiest snacks for little teeth. It provides calcium and disrupts the development of cavities. Whole grain-based bread and snacks are also a great addition to keep up the healthy work. And as always, try to encourage kids to drink plenty of water instead of sports drinks and soda. To help encourage that habit, try letting kids pick out their own water bottle in order to make them more inclined to bring it everywhere they go.

 

Crush the Brush Each Morning and Night

It’s important for your kids to get in to a routine regarding their oral health. Brushing two times a day for two minutes, and flossing twice a day is a must for a happy mouth. If your kids are less than enthused by the idea of brushing and flossing, try to get them more into it by using a weekly checklist with a reward at the end of the week for following their routine. Another way to make it fun is by creating a brushtime playlist to jam out and brush to with all of the family during brushtime. Oral health is important for everyone, but it can be made fun.

 

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