Getting into an earlier routine when the school year starts can be rough on children and parents alike, but no matter how busy your family feels, it is important to remember good oral health habits. It is not enough to simply ensure your children brush their teeth, you must also consider other things that factor into good oral hygiene.

Keep Track of What They Eat and Drink

Eating healthy food and avoiding sugary drinks is not only good for the body, but also for the teeth. Foods that have a lot of sugar can cause a buildup of bacteria that makes teeth more susceptible to cavities, decay and even more serious issues such as gum disease. Be sure your children eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and drink ample amounts of water to cleanse their mouths of dangerous bacteria.

Talk to Your Teens About Retainers

If your children recently had braces removed, talk to them about how important continuing to wear their retainers really is. Without using retainers as often as their dentist recommends, you could find their teeth shifting out of place again, leaving you in the predicament of finding a way to fund another expensive orthodontic procedure, and them having to experience braces again.

Do Not Skip Flossing

No matter how often your children brush, tooth brushes will not be able to reach into the crevices between their teeth. For this reason, it is vital to make sure they floss at least once per day. Because flossing requires dexterity, most young children will need help with the task until they are about 10 or 11 years old. Even if your kids are old enough to perform the task themselves, be sure to remind them to avoid hearing “I forgot” on a regular basis.

Schedule Dental Exams

Children should have dental exams twice per year for optimal oral health. Our dentist, Dr. Michael Neeley, can provide a thorough exam before your children go back to school in Dallas, TX. To schedule your appointment, call 214-521-3148.