It’s that time of year again; many of our young patients are gearing up to go back to school! Our Elmhurst dentists have some tips on how you can help the students in your life care for their smiles this year. Keep reading to learn more!
As you get back into the school year routine, make sure that your student is brushing their teeth every morning. Too often, when things get busy, we rush through this step. But, remember, we should be brushing our teeth for at least two minutes every time that we brush. Make it a point to build these two minutes into your morning routine every single morning.
Another thing to consider is what your child is packing for lunch every day. We all know that sugary foods can harm a healthy smile, so you’ll want to keep these to a minimum in your child’s lunch box. There are also some foods that can help boost your oral health: namely crunchy veggies. So, when you include some carrot or celery sticks in your student’s lunch, you’re boosting whole-body wellbeing as well as dental health.
One of the best things that your child can do for his or her smile is perhaps one of the simplest: drink plenty of water throughout the day. When we drink water, we help to flush away plaque and dental debris. Simultaneously, water helps to prompt saliva production, and saliva further neutralizes bacteria and strengthens enamel. Encourage your student to drink water rather than sipping on sugary drinks, and make sure they’re taking plenty of trips to the water fountain during the day.
As always, our Elmhurst dentists are here to give you more guidance and information about helping your child care for his or her smile. The best way to reach us is to give our office a call, or use the Contact Us page on our site to submit an inquiry.