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As you ran your back-to-school errands for your child, did you check off their back-to-school dental checklist as well? If not, now is your chance to do so! Here are five things you can do to help your child attend school with the best and most beautiful smile possible:

1. Schedule your child’s six month appointments.
Many people forget about their six month checkups, but if you call our office now and schedule your child’s next appointment, you won’t need to worry about forgetting to do so! Six month checkups are very important, and they can also help your child miss less school in the long run because the appointments prevent dental issues and deeply clean your child’s mouth.

2. Help your child establish an oral hygiene routine.
If your child establishes an oral hygiene routine, they will have a better chance at achieving a healthy and beautiful smile. They will also learn that oral hygiene is very important, which will help them care for their smile for years to come. If you have trouble motivating your child, you can always inform them that it’s best to go to school with a clean smile rather than a food-filled smile and smelly breath.

3. Replace your child’s toothbrush.
If your child’s toothbrush is old or worn down, it’s time for a new one! It is generally recommended to replace your toothbrush after 3 or 4 months or after the bristles have become frayed. If your child uses a strong and functional brush, they will have a strong and functional smile.

4. Protect your child’s smile with a mouth guard.
If your child plays contact sports or participates in high-contact activities, you can protect their smile with a mouth guard. If you do so, their smile will be shielded from the hard, forceful objects that hit it and you will save your time and money in the future.

5. Pack healthy food in your child’s lunchbox.
Eating healthy food not only improves your physical health, but it also improves your oral health. If you pack healthy food and snacks in your child’s lunch, their teeth will grow stronger and the chances of having cavities will be reduced.

Call our office today if you have any questions or if you would like to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!