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Dental Hygiene Tips Now that Your Kids are Back at School

A young school kid with a backpack smiles at the camera.School is back in session!

Every year, the back to school time is a hard switch from school-aged children's summer days. The greater freedom of the sunny days gets replaced by more strict routines and schedules that go with school. For many kids, this change in routine can mean a change in their daily dental routines. Keeping your kids’ dental hygiene as an important part of their daily routine will ensure they have healthy teeth and healthy habits as they move into adulthood.

Keep reading to learn more about what you need to know about kids’ dental hygiene and the return to school. 

Why is Brushing Important for Kids?

Brushing your teeth is important at any age, but kids especially need to get into regular brushing. Even when your children have their “baby teeth” in, brushing helps to align their jaw preparing it for adult teeth. Keeping their teeth healthy also will build their confidence in social settings, including school. It will be easier to maintain their oral health if they get into the habit of brushing and flossing at an early age. 

Changing to a Back-to-School Routine

As a parent, you understand the importance of routines. Building good habits comes from consistency. Keep reinforcing the habit of daily brushing in the morning and at night. It can help to do this before they leave for school and before they get into bed at night. 

Sugar-Free Gum Can Help

Sugar-free gum can help improve your child’s oral health. Most obviously, it can improve their breath. Chewing gum also produces more saliva that can help get rid of acids that harm teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum after lunch can also clear out food trapped between their teeth. Make sure to check the school’s policy on gum. 

Choose School Drinks Wisely

Encourage your kids to drink lots of water during the school day. Drinking water after lunch can help them rid their mouth of sugars and any trapped food. Have them avoid sugary drinks such as pop or too much sports drinks. Milk is alright as long as it isn’t flavored milk. 

Get Your Child’s Teeth Cleaned Today!

This year has brought more changes than most years. One thing that you can help keep consistent for your kids is their oral health routines. Here at Signature Smiles Dental, we can help you keep your children's teeth healthy, so their smile keeps shining. Give us a call today to give your child their semi-annual check-up. 

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