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Back To School: Tips to Keep Everyone in the Family Smiling

Doesn’t it seem like the summer just started a few weeks back? June went too fast. July was hot, but it came to an end in the blink of an eye. Strangely, here we are nearing mid-August, the weather has turned for the better, and school is about to start up in a week or so. The retail stores are filled with back-to-school supplies and warm clothing. We’ve even seen a few bags of Halloween candy here and there. Wow. Where does all the time go?

We know this time of year can be hectic around the average home, while everybody adjusts to new schedules and commitments, but we think it’s a good opportunity to mention that this is the perfect time of year to start thinking about dental health for the whole family. Here are some top tips to keep everyone in the family smiling as we move into the first half of the school year.

First – Why not add a dental checkup to the back-to-school list? Everybody knows that a good oral healthcare plan includes two visits to the dentist each year. Since a new school year means new classes, new friends, and plenty of photo opportunities, why not schedule a visit for a dental cleaning and exam?

Second – It may be time to buy new toothbrushes for the whole family (and some floss, while you’re at it!). Many people switch out their toothbrushes every three months. This is a pretty good policy. While you’re at the store shopping for school supplies, let the kids pick out new toothbrushes and floss.

Third – The school year brings many challenges, and kids often come home hungry, so it may be time to start thinking about healthy after-school snacks for the kids. Kids burn up a lot of calories between school, sports, homework, music lessons, and playtime. So, to keep their energy levels up between regular meals, it may be handy to have a stash of healthy snacks in the kitchen. Try yogurt cups, low-fat cheese sticks, nuts, fresh fruit, and pre-cut vegetables.

Fourth – If your child is going to be playing school sports, please consider a mouthguard. Here at Watts Family Dental in Overland Park, we recommend that children be fitted for a set of custom mouthguards to eliminate the risk of injuries to the teeth and mouth during after-school sporting events.

Lastly – Keep in mind that cavities and dental decay are highly preventable. In fact, nearly 90% of all cavities are preventable. By brushing, flossing, eating healthy, avoiding sugary snacks and drinks, and seeing your family dentist for regular cleanings and exams, you’ll be less likely to have to pull one of the kids out of school for an unplanned dental procedure.

This article brought to you by Watts Family Dental in Overland Park, Kansas. We’re committed to healthy smiles for the whole family. Please call (913) 338-3384 or visit our Overland Park, KS office. You may also send an e-mail direct to at any time.

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