Hello August! This is an exciting month for young children because school is back in session. With that in mind, we have a few dental tips and facts about your child’s oral health for you to be aware of.
- In younger children, supervising dental hygiene is very important. Instruct them on proper brushing and flossing. Check their work to make sure they have cleaned the back and behind their front teeth. Talk about healthy teeth, and the importance of maintaining good personal hygiene.
- The best way to avoid the need for extensive dental work is to detect problems early. Seeing the dentist every six months for an exam and dental cleaning makes this possible, and prevents small problems from turning into bigger, more expensive and more time-consuming problems.
- Some of the most common sports injuries are dental injuries. Youth athletics are an important part of life for many kids, and dental injuries can happen in any sport. Make sure your child or teen wears a dental mouth guard to protect his/her teeth during practice and games.
- Make sure they are wearing their retainers! Retainers are designed to maintain the position of the teeth and must be worn as often as prescribed by the orthodontist. Keep teeth from shifting by helping your teen make sure they are compliant with the use of their retainers.
- The foods we eat can impact our dental health. Pack fresh veggies and fruits for a vitamin packed energy burst. Avoid sugary drinks and sodas in the lunch box. Cheese is a great snack option because it has recently been shown to help protect teeth against cavities!
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!