Dental checklist for your child's back-to-school

Vacation time is over. It's back to school time for the kids. Certainly, parent's like to make sure that their kids are prepared to tackle the new school year by supplying them with all the tools that they require to succeed in school. Therefore, the kids head back to school with new clothes, shoes, backpacks, theme books, pens, pencils, paper, rulers, and more. However, quite a few parents forget that sending their children back to school with a healthy mouth is also important. Here are some tips to ensure your child heads back to school with a healthy smile!

School Days

A regular dental check-up at Bunker Hill Pediatric Dentistry, before school starts is vital to your child's overall dental health. The American Dental Association recommends that your child receives a dental checkup, along with regular booster shots and immunization shots. The fact is that dental decay is a growing problem in this country. Generally, due to all the sugary sweets that kids like to eat. Tooth decay leads to other dental problems along with disease. Many kids with severe dental problems miss several school days or more per year.

Dental Checkups

Regular dental checkups are a must, for every school age child. Avoid placing dental checkups on the back burner. The child might have dental problems that were undetected. The dentist will diagnose and treat any dental problems present. Thus, making sure that your child has a healthy mouth and avoids dental problems

Regular Brushing

Regular tooth brushing prevents tooth decay and disease. Select a toothpaste with fluoride to prevent tooth decay. Also, instruct your child on the proper way to floss after every meal. Purchase several toothbrushes for each child. Exchange the toothbrush, about every 3 months.

Nutritious Foods

Kids have a tendency to load their lunches and snacks with unhealthy treats that are packed with sugar. Instead, provide your child with snacks and lunch items that are healthy and nutritious. For example, cut back on sugary sweets and soft drinks. Add whole grain foods, milk, cheese, vegetables, or fresh fruit to your kids lunch bag.

Sports Activities

Make sure that your sports minded child is protected with a mouth guard, while participating in sports activities.

If you would like additional information or dental health tips, contact the Houston Pediatric Dentists at Bunker Hill Pediatric Dentistry