Your back to school dental checklist - National Dental Care

It’s the beginning of the year, so it won’t be long before the kids go back to school.

Before they get on the bus, start the new year off with a smile.

Give them a good start to their school year and keep them healthy with a trip to the dentist for their six-month check-up. Use these tips to keep them brushing and cleaning all year round.

Great habits start here

The best hygiene comes from the best habits, and these take time to form. We learn about how to brush our teeth twice a day from our parents, so it’s important to send that message through to the kids early on.

A minimum of two minutes brushing is equally important, something most people find difficult because we’re all trying to get it done as quickly as possible to get on with life.

Brush to a beat

Put on a song that lasts at least two minutes and brush to the sound of You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story or The Beach Boys’ Surfin’ Safari. Or find something your children enjoy.

Use Spotify to find playlist of two-minute songs. There are even apps for ‘Songs to brush your teeth to’, so get online to brush up. You can find more oral hygiene tips here.

The sweetest thing

After sorting brushing, cut back on lollies, sweets, cakes, and fizzy drinks.

Sugar causes tooth decay because of bacteria that feed on sugars from food and drinks. The bacteria, called plaque, stick to your teeth, producing acid that eats away at the enamel.

Check nutritional labels for sugar content when you shop for lunchbox foods. Some ‘healthy’ foods such as dried fruits contain concentrated sugars that stick to your teeth. Fruit juice can sometimes contain more sugar than fizzy drinks.

A sporting chance

There’s a good chance your kids will be joining the netball, football or basketball teams, and that means contact with either the ground or another player is possible.

Ask your dentist about a customised sports mouthguard to protect your child’s teeth during contact sports.

A clean bill of health

Book online today with your National Dental Care practitioner for the beginning of the school year and mid-year. You and your family have organised your oral care for the year to come.

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