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Now that school has begun and you’ve sent your child off to class, check your child’s back-to-school dental checklist and make sure you’ve completed every task. If you have, way to go! If you haven’t, it’s not too late! Here is the list that will help your child attend school with a beautiful, functional, and healthy smile:

1. Schedule your child’s six month checkups.
When you have some free time, go ahead and call our office and schedule your child’s next six month appointment! If you do so now, you won’t forget to later down the road and you won’t accidentally put off the cleaning. If your child keeps up with their checkups, it is very likely that they will miss less school this year than compared to previous years.

2. Help your child establish a good oral hygiene routine.
It’s easy to forget to brush and floss your teeth each day, but if you help your child establish a healthy oral hygiene routine, they will grow will a beautiful and healthy smile and they won’t forget to care for their smile each day. Their routine should include brushing their teeth every morning and every night, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing their mouth with bacteria-killing or fluoride mouthwash daily.

3. Replace your child’s toothbrush.
If your child’s brush bristles are frayed or if the brush has been used for more than 3 or 4 months, it’s time to replace the brush. If the brush is old and worn down, it won’t provide the proper cleaning that your child needs.

4. Guard your child’s smile with a mouth guard.
If your child participates in contact sports or activities, it is wise to protect their smile with a mouth guard. There are many mouth guards available today, including boil-and-bite, custom, and stock mouth guards. If you would like to purchase a custom mouth guard for your child, call our office today and discuss your options with our dentist.

5. Pack healthy lunches and snacks for your child.
Did you know there are good and bad foods for teeth? Well, it’s true, and we ask that you pack healthy foods for your child’s lunches and snacks each day. Good foods include fruit, vegetables, and string cheese, and bad foods include fruit roll-ups, granola bars, and candy.

If you have any questions about this list, we invite you to call our office today! We are more than happy to help your child attend school with the best smile and oral health possible.