Thwart the Back-From-Break Blues

December_Keep-Your-Sweet-Tooth-Healthy-This-Holiday-SeasonGoing back to school after a holiday break can be tough for kids of all ages. It usually means readjusting to old habits, and that should include your child’s oral health care routine. Here are a few ways to make sure your child finishes the remainder of the school year with an A+ in oral health:

  • Along with stocking up on school supplies, make sure to keep your fridge and pantry stocked with tooth-friendly foods like fruits, veggies, cheese and nuts. These foods contain rich sources of vitamins and minerals1 that keep oral health in tip-top shape.
  • Healthy study habits are integral to your child’s academic success, and good brushing and flossing habits are necessary for a healthy mouth. Make sure your child is brushing twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing once a day. Starting off the school day with a sparkling smile is a great feeling!
  • When you’re not scheduling a parent-teacher conference, make sure you are scheduling regular dentist appointments for each member of the family. The number of recommended dental visits varies depending on the individual, but twice a year is typically a good standard for most.2
  • With a new year comes new goals. Make oral health habits part of your New Year’s resolutions. Encourage your children to do the same, and welcome the new year with vibrant, healthy smiles.
  • Send your college student off to school with fresh oral health supplies such as toothbrushes (or toothbrush heads), floss, mouthwash and healthy study snacks.
  • There’s nothing like a home-prepped meal to get you through the day! Pack your child a lunch with string
    cheese, veggies and milk instead of sugary and starchy foods like cookies, chips or candy.

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