Dr. Corey Ford, General Dentist at Vital Smiles in Mobile joined us on Studio10 with some back-to-school tips for your kids!
*Replace Old Toothbrushes.
After a long summer, it might be time to replace your child’s toothbrush, especially if it’s worn out or has sprayed bristles. In order to get your child more enthusiastic about brushing their teeth, let them choose their own toothbrush. Make sure that it’s the proper size and has soft bristles.
*Choose a Fun Toothpaste.
Find a toothpaste flavor that your child will enjoy. Mint flavors are often too strong for children, so try several different flavors to find their favorite. The more they like the flavor, the more they will want to brush their teeth.
*Get Into A Routine.
Children’s teeth should be brushed twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Brushing and flossing before and after school regularly removes bacteria from the mouth and prevents decay and gum disease. There are several fun-looking tooth brushing timers that will help you and your child keep track of how long they brush their teeth.
*Don’t Forget to Floss. In order to make flossing more appealing for kids, consider getting them floss picks. They are easy to use and come in different colors and flavors. This will likely increase your child’s willingness to floss and will become less of a battle for parents.
*Pack Health Lunch and Snacks. Include portable healthy lunch items and snacks in your child’s sack lunch, including grains, milk, cheese, raw vegetables, yogurt or fruit. If your child eats in the school cafeteria, review healthy, balanced food choices with him before the first day of school. Cut back on sugary foods and soft drinks.
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