Before you know it, your child will be back in the classroom for a fun, challenging academic year. But before that first day rolls around, there are a few things you should take care of to ensure your child’s teeth and gums are perfectly healthy.
Schedule a Dental Exam
Everyone should see a dentist at least twice a year. It can be really convenient if you schedule one of those appointments for your child during summer vacation. This way you do not have to pull them out of school to see a dental professional, and preventative measures can be taken so that issues are less likely to develop later on.
Get a Mouth Guard
Sports are a great way for children to learn to work as part of a team and get plenty of exercise. However, certain activities pose a greater risk of injury, such as football and hockey. Make sure your little leaguer is protected by getting a mouth guard. Some generic guards are available, but talk to your dentist about getting one that is custom-made for your child to ensure the best fit.
Discuss a Healthy Diet with Your Child
Many children get their lunches from the school cafeteria. Make sure you reach out to the school to discuss what kinds of food are being offered and confirm there are plenty of healthy options. You will also want to talk with your child directly about opting for healthier selections. For example, talk to your child about why he or she should get a piece of fruit with lunch instead of a cookie.