Even if you’re extremely focused on making sure your kids have the best dental hygiene practices when they’re at home, when they head off to school, you don’t know what could happen. While a lot of classrooms have gotten better at offering teeth-healthy snacks, there is always a chance that your children will get into some sugary snacks and drinks, or otherwise neglect their dental health while they’re in class. Just because you aren’t with your kids while they are in school doesn’t mean you are powerless.
In today’s blog, we will cover a handful of tips that you can use to help protect your children’s teeth while they are at school. Most of these are simple and won’t require a lot of big changes that they might balk at, so please give them a shot. When your kids need a dentist who specializes in pediatric dentistry, call La Petite Dentistry in Hudson today! From Invisalign to sedation dentistry, we can do it all.
Pack Tooth-Friendly Snacks
You’re probably already doing this, but if you aren’t, now is a good time to start. Since some kids might see a shift in snacks as a punishment, don’t even tell them that you’re doing it. Once they see that there isn’t another option, they’ll give them a try (and they’ll probably like them!) If you have a picky eater, start with things that you know they’ll like and then try to expand their tastes. Making healthy snacks a part of your life will set a good example that they will follow, so instead of eating a bowl of ice cream every night, switch to plain popcorn, cheese cubes, or celery and peanut butter.
Talk to Your Kids About Sugar
We don’t want you to scare your children with tales about their teeth rotting out if they ever touch a cupcake, but speaking to them about why their teeth are important is a good way to give them the tools they will need to make healthy decisions for themselves now and in the future. Let them know that by taking care of their teeth now, they are setting themselves up to have strong, healthy, great-looking adult teeth that will allow them to have an awesome smile and will let them enjoy all of their favorite foods for decades. Focus on the positives of good oral health, not the negatives, which means don’t scare them with tales of painful visits to the dentist. Even if you mean well, this can create a negative connection in their brain that might make them less likely to tell you if they are experiencing tooth pain.
Build a Mobile Teeth Brushing Kit
The next time you go to the store, have your child pick out an extra toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste. You can then pack these items into their backpack so they can brush their teeth after lunch or after a snack. Let them know that they can brush whenever their teeth feel dirty.
These are just a few of the ways that you can encourage good dental health while your kids are at school. If you need more suggestions, check our blog often, or ask us when you bring your children in for their next appointment! Contact us today to schedule a teeth-cleaning, a dental check-up, or an orthodontic consultation!