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Are you nervous about your child’s first day of school because you aren’t quite sure if you have everything ready? Well, if you haven’t checked off the tasks on your back-to-school dental checklist, you don’t! It is just as important to get your child’s smile ready as it is to get them a new wardrobe or backpack. So quick! Start checking off your child’s back-to-school dental checklist today!

1. Schedule your child’s six month dental appointments.
Dentists today strongly recommend taking your child in for a professional dental cleaning every six months. If you schedule these appointments as you check off the remaining tasks on your back-to-school checklist, you won’t forget to schedule them later in the year. Once the appointments are scheduled, you don’t need to worry about accidentally missing your professional teeth cleaning.

2. Help your child establish a healthy oral hygiene routine.
When your child is rushing off to school, it’s easy for them to forget to brush their teeth, which is why it is important to help them establish a healthy oral hygiene routine as well and help them make time for it! Make sure your child brushes their teeth every morning and every night and they floss their teeth at least once a day. If they can, have them rinse their mouth with bacteria-killing or fluoride mouthwash. If your child is consistent with this routine, they will reduce the risks of having major dental problems, and they won’t have to miss school for emergency dental appointments in the future.

3. Replace your child’s toothbrush.
If your child has used their toothbrush for more than 3 or 4 months or if the bristles on their brush are frayed, it is time to replace it. If your child has a strong and functional toothbrush, they will have a strong and functional smile.

4. Guard your child’s smile from oral injuries.
If your child participates in contact sports or activities, it is wise to protect their smile with a mouth guard. By wearing a mouth guard, your child will shield their smile from the hard, forceful objects that hit it, and you will save time and money by doing so.

5. Pack healthy food in your child’s lunch.
Did you know that healthy food is extremely beneficial for your teeth? Well, it’s true! If you pack healthy food in your child’s lunch, like fruit, vegetables, and string cheese, your child’s smile will be nourished and strengthened. Also, please help your child avoid eating candy, granola bars, and fruit roll-ups.

Call our office today to begin checking off this list! We are excited to help your child attend school with the best smile possible.