Make This School Year Cavity-Free

Elkhart pediatric dentist

Packing lunches for your kids is a relatively easy way to make sure they eat tooth-healthy while at school (instead of going for sugary treats)

Now that you know that kids' cavities are the #1 cause of school abscences (and adverse academic performance), you're readier than ever to make this school year cavity-free for your children. But what steps can you take to encourage their great oral health? Throughout the year, you can make both daily steps and larger decisions that will help boost health and keep your kids smiling. Our tips are below, and if you ever have questions, just give us a call.

How to Make This School Year Tooth-Healthy

  • Schedule your whole family's exams at once - If you struggle to find time in the schedule for preventive care (and who doesn't), it helps to set up your exams way out. By arranging everyone's exams on the same day, you also save additional trips to the office, and help your kids feel more comfortable with the office because you're also receiving care from the same team.
  • Pack school lunches - Who knows what your kids get up to when they're purchasing their own lunches at school? By packing their meals ahead of time, you make sure they get well-rounded lunches and low-sugar snacks. While you're at it, try packing your own lunch - you'll save money and eat better than if you eat out during work!
  • Make sure your kids' brushing and flossing are consistent - The school year gets so busy, with the combination of homework, extracurriculars, social events, and whatever else pops up in daily life. Keep an eye on your kids' brushing and flossing to be sure they're cleaning properly, and twice a day. If you have time, brush your teeth alongside them to get them more into the hygiene spirit.
  • Fill the fridge and pantry with healthy options - When you're grocery shopping, you're determining how your whole family eats. Be sure to prioritize foods, snacks, and beverages that are tooth- and body-health, and limit sugary or starchy treats.
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