School is (almost) back in session!
The books are in place and the school supplies are ready. Even the doctor’s visit is done…but what about a visit to the dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 40% of kids have tooth decay before they reach kindergarten. And results from a new Delta Dental survey show that more than 30% of parents said their children had to miss school due to an oral health problem.
Let’s keep their smiling faces in the classroom! Follow these ABCs to ensure your child’s teeth make the grade:
A is for appointment.
A timely visit to the dentist will help detect minor problems in your children’s mouth and prevent them from developing into serious conditions. Your child should be seeing the dentist at least once a year.
B is for brushing.
A basic, thorough dental routine is essential for keeping teeth healthy. When it comes to brushing, keep the “rule of 2s” in mind: 2 times a day for 2 minutes. Here are some more tips to help your child develop their own routine.
C is for cutting down on junk food.
Eating foods high in sugar and starch form plaque-causing bacteria, which can cause tooth decay. And early tooth decay can lead to serious future problems. Make sure junk food is consumed in moderation. And for healthier snack alternatives, try some of these recipes.
Have anymore back-to-school tips? Share them in the comments!