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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tips to Create a Back to School Routine to Help Prevent Tooth Decay


The new school year is just around the corner. Many of us are busy thinking about school supply lists and new schedules. It's a hectic time of year where we are often spread thin as we struggle with rigid schedules, earlier bedtimes, healthy lunches, and finishing homework. During the transition to the new school year, it's also important to focus on a healthy dental routine. Let me share some tips to help make it easier for you during the new school year.

Tips to Create a Back to School Routine to Help Prevent Tooth Decay



1. Schedule your routine dental cleanings and exams before the new school year begins.
This is a great time to schedule your dental cleanings and exams so that your child won't have to miss school for an appointment. It's really important to find a dentist that you like. We visited four different dentists until we found Jefferson Dental Clinic in North Richland Hills. Personally, we live in Southlake, TX and love Dr. Patel at the Rufe Snow location of Jefferson Dental on 6250 Rufe Snow Dr. in North Richland Hills, TX 76148. We have visited this office since my son was six years old and love them. They have always been able to complete everything as planned without any meltdowns (cleaning, x-rays, and exam). On our most recent visit, my son also had fluoride and sealant on his back molars. They are so wonderful that my little wants to be a dentist when he grows up. He actually loves going to the dentist because they give him such nice attention.




2. Pack a healthy lunch.

Include healthy foods that are packed with nutrients.  In particular, calcium and phosphorus are important for healthy enamel.

3. Limit sugary foods.
This is a tricky tip to follow if you have a son like mine that frequently claims that other children in his class are allowed to have soda and candy everyday. We hold firm to our rules on limiting sugary foods and drinks.  Our compromise is that he is allowed one soda per week and he brushes his teeth extra well afterwards.

4. Follow the 2x2 rule.
Set a schedule to brush teeth at least twice per day for two minutes each time.

5. Brush more than teeth.
Don't forget that brushing should cover the entire mouth, including the tongue!

6. Create a bedtime routine.
We have a bedtime routine where my son gets a bath, we brush and floss his teeth, and then read books for one hour.

7. Sleep!
A good sleep routine is critical for many aspects of our health, including oral health!  Tissues in our mouth repair while we rest.


Thank you to Jefferson Dental for sharing the infographic and tips above.  I wanted to feature good tips for all of you to use with your children, so it was really nice of them to provide professional advice and tips to help us with this post.  We are also grateful that our son always receives fantastic care from Dr. Patel at our local Jefferson Dental Clinic.  Click here if you would like to find one of their dental offices near you.

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