4 Tips from Your Dentist to Start the School Year Right

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There is always an adjustment period with back to school in Palm Harbor, FL. Summer fun, which often includes sweet treats, gives way to more structure and less free time. Instead of letting your family’s oral care fall through the cracks when your crazy schedules resume, you now have the perfect opportunity to reevaluate your dental habits and make new resolutions for the upcoming school year. These tips can help you combat the insanity and make sure you and your children are remaining conscious about maintaining good oral health throughout the school year.

1. Brush First

It may be ideal to brush your teeth following breakfast, but the truth is that most people are too rushed in the morning to remember to complete the task. Since so many children eat on the way to school, they are missing out on fulfilling the ADA’s recommendations to brush twice a day. Brushing right when you wake up in the morning solves this problem.

2. Be Food Aware

The foods you eat have a direct impact on the health of your teeth. Keep the processed, sugar-laden snacks to a minimum and instead opt for foods approved by your dentist. This includes:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Healthy proteins
  • Good fats
  • Whole grains

Leave eating the sweet treats to times where you and your kids can brush immediately to prevent cavities from forming.

3. Be the Example

Your children love to emulate you. If they see that something is important enough that you make time for it in your busy schedule, they are more likely to do the same. Make it a point to brush and floss with your children every morning and night. You will be able to properly supervise while you show them how it is done.

4. Schedule Today!

We are happy to schedule your family’s appointments each summer in preparation for the following school year. Dr. Knellinger’s appointments often fill up quickly so it is important for you to contact us early to get the times that best fit your schedule. Call us today at 908-232-0400.

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