Send Your Kids Back to School with a Smile

Summer has gone by in the blink of an eye! Parents and kids are busy checking off their back to school to-do lists. Getting school supplies, backpacks, haircuts, and finding the perfect outfit for the first day of school. Here are a few health tips to keep the kids smiling all year long!
Schedule a Back to School Dental Visit
Seeing a dentist twice a year during the school-age years is vital. This is a time of many changes in the mouth, with kids losing baby teeth and getting in their permanent teeth. Tooth decay is still the most common chronic childhood disease and, left untreated, it can impair a child’s ability to eat, speak, sleep and learn. However, studies show more than 60 percent of school-age children do not see a dentist regularly. Simple preventive checkups twice a year can help prevent childhood tooth decay.
Set a Brush/Floss Schedule for Your Child
Children should brush at least twice a day, and floss daily. Many children skip brushing in the morning due to the rush of getting out the door. Be sure to not let

this happen, even if you need to monitor their brushing routine. Set a scheduled time in the morning and evening to brush and floss and stick to the schedule. This will help set healthy dental habits for a lifetime.
Make Good Nutrition a Top Priority
Take charge of your child’s health this school year by packing healthy lunches. Be sure that your child eats the recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables, as well as the recommended daily allowance of calcium. Healthy choices gives your child the fuel they need to excel in school and life!