It’s sad to say, but summer break is coming to an end, and it’s time to start getting the kids ready to go back to school. Last week, our North Texas dentist went over back to school dental services. For this week, our pediatric dentist in Fort Worth is sharing their quick list of dental school supplies that will help your kids keep that honor roll smile.
While only recommended for students in junior high or high school, for safety purposes, floss picks are a great tool to give your child that they can use to get any lunch debris unstuck from in between their teeth. After they eat lunch, that food in between their teeth can be creating harmful bacteria that can lead to cavities and tooth decay. We recommend either putting one in their lunch or simply having them carry several in their backpack.
Sugar-Free Chewing Gum
Another great way for you to help your student fight off cavities while at school is to give them sugar-free chewing gum to chew throughout the day. As long as the gum is sugarless and sweetened with xylitol, it can have a multitude of benefits for your child’s dental health. Aside from fighting cavities and giving fresh breath, chewing sugarless gum also activates the salivary glands to prevent dry mouth. When chewed regularly, xylitol-sweetened gum can greatly reduce the existence of cavity-causing bacteria.
A Packed Lunch Instead of Lunch Money
Giving your kids lunch money may be easier, but you never really know what they’re buying to eat with that money. However, if they’re going to school with a packed lunch, you know what they’re eating and can make sure it’s healthy for them and their teeth. You’ll also end up saving more money by sending them to school with a packed lunch instead of lunch money.
A Clean Bill of Dental Health
Last, but most certainly not least, on our list of dental school supplies for the new year is a clean bill of dental health from your trusted North Texas dentist. Don’t send your kid off to the first day of school with potential cavities. Schedule a dental checkup and cleaning with our friendly pediatric dentist in Fort Worth to ensure your kids go back to school with a beautiful, healthy smile.
With these back to school dental health supplies, your child should be ready to tackle the new year with a big smile. As a family-focused North Texas dentist, HomeTown Dental has 9 offices throughout the metroplex that offer flexible hours, so you can get your kids into the dentist before the first day of school. Contact the HomeTown Dental location nearest you to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly dentists.
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