Does Your Back-to-School Checklist Include a Dental Visit?

It’s that time of year again! As families prepare for the upcoming school year, Kool Smiles dentists have an important reminder for parents: Remember to schedule back-to-school dental check-ups for the kids!

Children with poor dental health can face serious setbacks at school, including pain that can make it difficult to concentrate and learn. Studies have shown that poor dental health is associated with lower grade point averages and more missed days at school. In fact, more than 51 million school hours are lost every year due to tooth decay.

For healthy and happy smiles all through the school year, Kool Smiles dentists have the following tips for parents:

  • Schedule a Dental Visit: With all the commotion around back-to-school season, it’s easy to forget to schedule a dental check-up. However, dental check-ups are an important part of keeping teeth healthy! During the visit, the dental team will likely clean your child’s teeth, check for cavities, and make sure your child is keeping up with his or her brushing and flossing.
  • Cut Down on Sugary Snacks and Drinks: Kids may have a sweet tooth, but all that sugar can damage your child’s teeth. During and after school hours, try to cut down down on how much sugary foods your kids eat, especially candy and soda. Healthier snack options include pretzels, fruit slices, and flavored water.
  • Practice the 3-2-1 Rule: To keep kids’ teeth healthy between dental visits, families are encouraged to practice the “3-2-1 Rule” at home: Eat three (3) healthy meals, brush two (2) times (morning and night), and floss at least one (1) time every day.

Scheduling routine dental visits, practicing good oral healthcare at home and establishing healthy habits early on are the best ways to ensure a lifetime of happy smiles, and a successful school year.

Ready to Make That Dental Check-Up?

Call (855) 566-5543 or visit www.mykoolsmiles.com to schedule an appointment today!

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