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It’s that time of year: back to school! As a parent, it may feel overwhelming trying to prepare your kiddos for everything they’ll encounter in the classroom and beyond. But for all things dental-related, Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry is here to help! Read on for some simple back-to-school dental tips.

Start & End the Day with Oral Care

There are a few oral hygiene habits that everyone, including your child, should maintain each and every day when they wake up and before going to sleep. Help your child get into a routine where they head to the bathroom first thing in the morning to brush their teeth for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste. This way they can start the day with a clean smile. Additionally, teach them to brush their teeth before bed, again for two minutes. Make sure they remember to brush their tongue and floss. Younger children might need a little more encouragement and supervision when establishing a good oral hygiene routine. Consider letting them choose their favorite soft-bristled toothbrush at the store or playing a fun song while they brush their teeth.

Wear an Athletic Mouthguard

If your child plays sports, they should wear a well-fitting mouthguard during practices and games. For sports that can involve contact with equipment, the ground, and other players, a mouthguard will protect your child’s smile from dental injuries, like chipped or knocked-out teeth. We recommend investing in a custom mouthguard for optimal protection and maximum comfort. Doing so means there’s less risk of damage to your child’s smile if they collide with a ball or get an elbow to the face.

Eat Tooth-Healthy Lunches & Snacks

Another way to help your child maintain superb oral health this school year is to supply them with a balanced, tooth-friendly diet. Teach your child to make smart choices in the school cafeteria and to consume sugary treats, like cookies, brownies, chips, and juice, in moderation. When you pack their lunch, include nutrient-rich foods high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Some of our favorites include cheese sticks, nuts, apples and nut butter, low-sugar yogurt, and vegetables, like carrots, jicama, and celery with hummus or guacamole.

Visit Us for Regular Appointments

Bring your child to see us at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry every six months so we can professionally clean their teeth and make sure their mouth is healthy. We’re open until 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday, and 4:00 PM on Fridays, so they don’t even have to miss school!

If you have any other questions about helping your child have a healthy smile this school year, contact us today.

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