It’s time for the kids to go back to school, and you know what that means: shopping for new clothes, hitting the office supply stores to pick up every last item on your child’s supply list, visiting the doctor for back-to-school physicals, and getting the little ones back on a schedule. I know it’s already a busy time, but I want you to add one more thing to your back-to-school routine: a dental checklist.
Schedule dental appointments for your child. Check the school’s academic calendar and testing schedule to make sure your little one won’t miss any critical lessons or standardized tests. Teacher inservice days are usually a good bet if you don’t want your child to miss school.
Get your kids back into healthy routines. When they’re staying up later and sleeping in, it’s easy to skip flossing every now and then. Since you’re getting back into a regular schedule, anyway, now is a great time to get back to brushing and flossing daily.
Plan lunches and snacks. Planning ahead will prevent you from grabbing convenience lunches like “Lunchables” and give you an opportunity to pack healthy snacks and meals that are good for your children’s teeth and overall health.
Prepare for fall sports. If you child is involved in a school sport or fitness class, make sure you invest in a good mouthguard to protect those little teeth. Make sure it fits properly, as if it is uncomfortable, your child will be less likely to use it.
It’s so important to start each school year off on the right foot, and a good way to start is by establishing routines. If you make your child’s dental health a priority, then strong, healthy teeth will be as routine as helping with homework. Contact our office today to schedule your child’s semi-annual appointments. I look forward to watching them grow and seeing them smile.