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Healthy Dental Habits for Back to School

Back-to-school is more than just school supply shopping. More than 51 million school hours are missed every year due to dental health related problems. Make sure that kids have the best start to the year by taking steps to keep them healthy and smiling all year! Try teaching these 5 healthy dentals habits for back to school:
Pick healthy school snacks
Kids of all ages need a supply of snacks that are rich in healthy vitamins and minerals, to help build healthy smiles.
Prepack these snacks that are great for teeth, like cheese, carrots, celery, apples and kiwis for kids to grab on the go.

Stop snacking right before bedtime
Snacking right before bedtime can buildup of sugars and bacteria that rest on the teeth until morning time brushing. If you must snack, pick a snack that is healthy for teeth, then brush, floss and rinse thoroughly before bed.
Establish a twice-daily dental care routine
Kids should be in the habit of brushing and flossing twice daily. Younger children need assistance brushing and flossing, until their dexterity is fully developed. A good rule of thumb is that kids need assistance until they can clearly write their name.
Make brushing and flossing kid-friendly
Select a children’s paste, floss and rinse in your child’s preferred flavor. Fun toothbrushes can make brushing more fun; try a brush with his or her favorite character, or one with a built in timer to ensure kids brush for the proper time. Kids should brush for two minutes, and floss between every tooth.
Make a dental visit part of your back-to-school process
In preparation for a healthy year, make an appointment to see your dentist. You dentist can check for cavities, make sure that teeth are developing properly, as well as reinforce proper at-home care.
Originally published on momsmagazine.com

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