Now that kids are heading back into the classroom, it’s important for parents to keep tabs on their kids’ dental health to ensure no problems develop like tooth decay which can lead to pain, lost days at school and even tooth loss. It is super important that kids keep their teeth healthy by visiting their San Ramon family dentist twice per year and by doing a consistently good job at brushing and flossing. Here are a few more tips for helping ensure your kids can enjoy good dental health while they’re in school and the rest of the year too!
Provide Them With Healthy Snacks
If you pack snacks for your kids to take along to school, be sure that the snacks you send them off with are healthy and good for their teeth & gums. Instead of packing cookies, cakes, candy or chips, send your child to school with nutritious snacks like carrots, apples, yogurt and cheese. For when your kids reach for an after-school snack, have nuts available, fresh fruits and raw vegetables.
Send Along Their Toothbrushes
It is a good idea to send along a small zippered pouch or plastic container your child can carry right in his or her backpack that contains his or her toothbrush and toothpaste. Then after lunch, your child can head to the nearest restroom to brush and floss. To help ensure that your child will actually brush their teeth while at school, allow him/her to choose their own toothbrush in a favorite color or one that features a cartoon or movie character they like.
Be Sure Your Child is Wearing a Protective Mouthguard
Whenever your child is playing sports or partaking in any physical activity that poses a risk of injury to the face, mouth or teeth, a protective mouthguard should be worn. These mouthguards come in various styles and colors. The most important thing when choosing a mouthguard is making sure it’s of high quality and fits well. A good fitting mouthguard will be comfortable to wear, will allow for easy breathing and will do a good job of protecting the teeth from harm due to a forceful blow to the face or a hard fall on the ground.
Contact Your Family Dentist in San Ramon
Doctors Linda Nakhla and John Nakhla, along with their team here at San Ramon Dental Arts are always happy to speak with you to answer your questions and address your concerns. If you need more tips for keeping your kids’ teeth healthy while they’re in school, don’t hesitate to contact us. If it’s time for your child to have a checkup and professional cleaning, please give us a call at (925) 837-8765 to set up an appointment. We’d like to wish all our school-aged patients the best of luck in the 2016-17 school year!