This time of year can feel both exhilarating and stressful. The business of getting ready to go back to school can take up quite a bit of time, at least for a week or two. Now that most of the school supplies have been purchased, and many kids may be weeks into their school year, there is time to think about other aspects of healthy development, like how to care for teeth in the midst of academic studies and extracurricular activities.
One of the many things we have learned about wellbeing is that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to stay healthy. It does take consistency, though. Some of the tips we offer for students include:
- Stay up to date with professional exams and cleanings. It isn’t only the exams in the classroom that count; dental exams are needed twice a year to prevent the development or to worsen of small problems like cavities.
- Talk with the dentist about a custom-made mouth guard. Yes, protective gear is often supplied for athletes; but that doesn’t mean all pieces are appropriate. Custom mouth guards offer a greater degree of protection against oral injuries. Mouth guards also aren’t only for athletes! Stressed-out students may grind their teeth while sleeping, causing pain and other problems. A night guard minimizes the force of bruxism.
- Parents! Check in with your kids to make sure they are maintaining good oral care habits! In the morning rush, it’s easy for children to forget to brush.
- Dole out the sugar-less gum. Chewing gum can be good for a healthy mouth. Choose products sweetened with xylitol.
- Offer water, and do it often. Anyone who creates the habit of sipping water frequently throughout the day is doing a lot for their smile, and their body. Water prevents dehydration, and it also dilutes debris in the mouth that can cause cavities.
- Make it easy to brush. Brushing is especially important for kids with braces, including Invisalign. Having a toothbrush in a school backpack creates convenience that encourages consistent oral care.
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