START THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH A SMILE

New school supplies and clothes are ready to go – but what about your teeth? As the school year begins, don’t forget about oral health!
Pack healthy lunches and snacks –  Try nuts instead of chips or crackers. Even though salty snacks may seem healthy because they presumably have less sugar, simple starches can be detrimental as well.  These foods usually break down and become sticky, coating teeth and promoting decay. Milk or water are healthy alternatives to juice or soda. Crunchy snacks like celery sticks, baby carrots and string cheese are excellent choices.

Make oral hygiene fun –
 It is very important for kids to brush at least twice daily for two minutes each time, and floss once a day, preferably after the last meal of the evening.

  • Let your kids place stickers on each day of a sticker calendar to represent brushing and flossing.
  • Collect your kids’ favorite two-minute songs and make sure they brush the whole time.
  • Help your child pick a themed toothbrush in his or her favorite color.
  •  These Y-shaped floss holding devices make flossing more comfortable.

Go to the dentist – Ask about sealants and fluoride treatments to prevent decay, which are easy ways to stop cavities before they start.  According to Delta Dental’s 2015 Children’s Oral Health Survey, a third of children miss school because of oral health problems. So good oral health can even improve school performance!