School is back in session. The start of the school year is a time for new routines, and oral hygiene routines aren’t an exception. Oral hygiene is important for every age, and younger patients can be more prone to problems like cavities and tooth decay. We offer pediatric dental services in Mt. Airy, MD, from regular dental care to orthodontics. Here, we will review some of the most important tips for parents to remember as kids return to school.
At-Home Oral Hygiene Tips
Take the time for brushing and flossing before school. Ensure your child’s brush is the best size for their age, and remind them to floss if they are old enough! When using traditional floss, gently slide the piece of floss up and down against the teeth. Ensure that you floss below the gum line. When brushing, brush for two minutes and in circular motions using a manual brush. Remember to replace your child’s toothbrush every three to four months, as the bristles can wear down, and bacteria can build on the brush over time.
Managing Oral Health at School
When your child is at school, pack tooth-friendly snacks. Fruits and vegetables are good for them and have high water content. You can switch from sports drinks, sodas, and juices to water. You can pack a sweet treat in your child’s lunch, but additional sugars can contribute to cavities, one of the most common dental problems among children.
Juice, sports drinks, and especially soft drinks have hidden sugars that can coat the teeth and gums. Water helps wash away sugars that can stay in the mouth and contains fluoride, which strengthens the tooth enamel or the outer layer of the teeth.
If your child plays sports after school, make sure they receive a mouthguard. Custom sports mouthguards can cover braces and natural teeth to prevent damage and possible tooth loss. We will recommend a mouthguard for patients who play contact sports like lacrosse, football, and hockey. Any sport with contact between players will require a mouthguard. Receiving a professionally-made custom mouthguard will ensure that the appliance does not fall out or distract players during a game.
Schedule an Appointment
Start the school year right by scheduling a routine dental visit. At regular dental visits, we will examine your child’s smile and take X-rays to keep track of developments in their teeth and gums. These visits are important because we can find oral health issues as they develop. Cleanings can also prevent cavities and gum disease in young children.
If you need to schedule your child’s next visit, call Mt. Airy Children’s Dental Associates for pediatric care today at (301) 781-5337. You can also request a dental consultation with us online.