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With summer winding down, parents are turning their attention to their kids' upcoming school year. August is often a busy time for families rushing to buy school supplies and fresh sets of clothes and shoes. Although hectic, these last few weeks before school starts are also ideal for focusing on dental health.
As you prepare for the school year, be sure to include these dental health items on your to-do list.
Make a dental appointment. Start the school year off right with a dental cleaning and checkup. Along with daily hygiene, dental visits are key to disease prevention and optimal oral health. Make those appointments early, though: Most dentists report an upsurge in patient visits this time of year.
And if you haven't already, set up an orthodontic evaluation: Having an orthodontist examine your child around age 6 could uncover an emerging bite problem. Early intervention might prevent the need for more costly future orthodontic treatments.
Plan for healthy school snacking. While kids are home on summer break, it's probably easier to keep an eye on the quality of their snacks. But being away from your watchful gaze at school means your children may encounter snacks that are not quite up to your tooth-healthy standards.
Even though schools adhere to federal nutrition standards for food provided on school property, many dentists don't believe they go far enough. Your kids' classmates can also be a source of unhealthy snack choices, so plan ahead to provide your kids an array of snacks to carry to school that they like and that support healthy teeth and a healthy body.
Get a custom mouthguard for your student athlete. If your child is going to play football, basketball or some other contact sport, make sure they have dental protection. A hard impact to the face can cause significant dental damage that's costly to treat, but a mouthguard worn during play can protect the teeth and gums by cushioning the blow.
You can purchase retail mouthguards at your local sporting goods store. Your best option, though, is a mouthguard custom-made by your dentist based on your child's individual mouth measurements. Although more expensive, custom mouthguards offer superior protection, and they're more comfortable to wear.
When the school bell rings, you want your kids as prepared as possible. Make sure their teeth and gums are ready too. If you would like more information about best practices for your child's dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Snacking at School” and “Athletic Mouthguards.”
It is well known that your diet affects your general health, weight and even well-being. However, your diet also affects your smile. Putting good foods into your body ensures that it stays running properly. Learn about some tooth-healthy foods to keep your smile healthy and happy with Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA.
Teeth-Healthy Foods for Your Smile
- Yogurt: Packed with probiotics, calcium and protein, yogurt is good for your gums and your teeth. Flavored yogurt is notoriously packed with sugar, so try to choose the plain variety.
- Cheese: Like yogurt, cheese and other dairy products are a great source of calcium, which helps strengthen your teeth’s enamel.
- Leafy Greens: Leafy greens like kale contain many vitamins and minerals which can benefit your teeth.
- Crunchy Vegetables: Crunchy veggies like apples and carrots are high in fiber and help promote saliva production in the mouth. Increased saliva helps wash away bacteria and food particles, helping avoid tooth decay.
- Water: Water contains no sugars, added flavors or calories, making it the ideal choice of beverage for your body and your teeth alike. Additionally, drinking a glass of water after other beverages like coffee or tea can help wash away the bacteria and acids from these drinks, helping decrease the chance of gum disease and tooth decay.
- Nuts: Nuts like almonds are low in sugar and high in vitamins and protein. A handful of nuts a day can help keep your body and smile healthy.
Healthy Teeth in Lawrenceville, GA
While your diet affects your smile, your dental hygiene routine keeps it in tip-top shape. Patients with an average risk of tooth decay or gum disease should schedule a dental appointment at least twice a year for a cleaning by their dental hygienist and examination by their dentist. Additionally, children and adults should brush their teeth at least twice daily for two minutes. They should also floss at least once daily and, if they choose, use a mouthwash after flossing. If you opt for mouthwash, do not rinse your mouth afterward to allow the mouthwash to settle on the teeth and do its job.
For more information on how your diet affects your smile, please contact your dentist at Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA. Call (770) 995-1957 to schedule an examination or cleaning with your dentist today!