Back to School Dental Care Tips

young boy brushing his teeth before school and smiling

So, how has it been, moms and dads, having the kids back in school everyday? When the kids are in school, it can be nice to have some time to get back caught up with housework or errands that would otherwise be neglected. You take great care of your kids when they’re home with you, but you can only have so much control over the choices he or she will make during the day when it comes to good dental care practices. School lunches, especially if coupled with a sugary drink, will leave food and residue on your childrens teeth throughout the entire course of the day.

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Whether you visit the dentist office in Rexburg, Arco or Idaho Falls, your dentists at Eagle Rock Dental Care want the best health for you and your entire family. We are a family dentistry and offer our services to all ages, children, elderly and all in between.

When it comes to dental care for kids, there is a certain amount of repeated instruction required to really drive home the importance of good and responsible dental care habits.

Before your child heads off to the bus stop in the morning, double check with them that their teeth are brushed. Do this even if you know full well his/her teeth were brushed, because simply even by verbally mentioning it everyday you are showing that dental care is important enough to mention in one’s verbalized checklist list.

If your child has time available to them after lunch, have them pack a traveling toothbrush in their backpack for a quick brush in the bathroom before class. It’s the longevity of time that food has to linger in their mouths during the time after lunch and before they get home that gives the bacteria extra time to work.

Dental Care Tip:
Set aside 2 days a week in which the only liquid you drink is water. Gatorade does not count.

young boy brushing his teeth before school and smilingThere are some great products out there to help you keep your mouth clean from bacteria in between your brushing sessions as well. There are some disposable toothbrushes that slip over your finger and these are quite handy! Otherwise mouthwash or sugarless gum are a great start.

When saying goodbye to your kids tomorrow morning, talk to them about their dental care habits during their day at school.

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