The beginning of the school year is always a little busy. Schedules changing, starting after school activities, homework…there is a lot going on. Among all the chaos, your kids might forget to brush their teeth. How important is remembering to brush before school? According to a recent study published in the Journal of Public Health, between 58 and 80 hours of school were missed due to dental pain and toothaches out of every 100 students between the ages of 5 and 17. It’s obviously pretty important! Good dental health practices can extend to school as well as brushing before school.
- Diet. School lunches are convenient. But they often contain processed and sugary foods. Home lunch allows healthy alternatives such as fresh fruits and veggies.
- Choose water. Juice boxes contain tons of sugar. More than what a child should have in a day. The sugar coats the teeth, assisting in tooth decay and cavities. Choose water.
- From playing soccer to riding bikes or roller children should always wear mouth and head protection.
- Consider fluoride treatments and sealants. Fluoride treatments are usually place on teeth in the form of a gel. In addition, sealants can seal the grooves and dips in children’s teeth which will help prevent plaque and bacteria from causing cavities.
Have a great school year!