Most parents are diligent about promoting kids dental care in the home. We limit candy, write dental appointments on the calendar months in advance and have sticker charts to encourage brushing and flossing. However, most children spend the majority of their waking hours away from Mom and Dad. Here are a few simple ways in which to encourage good dental hygiene while kids are at school.
Kids Dental Care: Promoting Good At-School Habits
Send your child off to school with a lunch filled with foods that help strengthen teeth. The calcium in yogurt and cheese is great for strong teeth. Crunchy foods, such as apples, carrots and celery, help remove plaque. Other fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants and vitamins essential for a healthy mouth.
Most schools have vending machines and snack counters available to children during lunch and after school. This means that kids have access to ice cream, candy, chips, soda and other unhealthy foods on a daily basis. Encourage schools to change the snack selection to healthier options, such as string cheese, orange slices, nuts and bottled water. This will benefit the students' overall health and dental health in particular.
Make sure that the school has up-to-date contact information on record for your child's dentist just in case a dental emergency arises during the day.
Kids dental care is important no matter where they are. Encouraging them to take care of their teeth while they are away from you will help ensure that your efforts at home are not being negated when the kids are away from you
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.