Another school year is already underway! Protecting your child’s oral health is important as ever this time of year. If your child gets a cavity or experiences other dental concerns, it can distract them in the classroom. Plus, losing their baby teeth too soon because of tooth decay can lead to alignment issues in the future. That’s why we wanted to give you tips to boost your child’s oral health all year long.

  • Pack Healthy Snacks

Make sure to pack healthy snacks in your child’s lunch. Cheese sticks, apple slices, and carrot sticks are simple but healthy snack ideas almost any child will enjoy. Pair apples with peanut butter for added protein and carrots with hummus for a tasty dip.

  • Encourage Good Oral Care Routines

Whether your child is old enough to brush on their own or you still need to help them, keep up with regular oral care routines. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once are important to keep harmful bacteria at bay. Start a reward chart if your child has trouble making it a habit!

  • Get Them a Custom Mouthguard

If your child is playing sports this fall season, make sure they wear their mouthguard. It protects their teeth from damage and prevents painful dental emergencies. We can create a customized athletic guard for your child that fits them perfectly and offers complete protection.

  • Limit Sugary Sweets

It’s hard to resist a cookie or piece of chocolate every now and then. And occasional sweets are fine! However, don’t make it a regular habit. Limit how much sugar your child enjoys. Make sure they follow it up with water and a thorough tooth brushing.

  • Visit Us For Regular Dental Checkups

It’s important your child has regular dental checkups every six months. If your child hasn’t had theirs yet, it’s not too late to schedule it. We see patients as young as 5 years old, so your entire family can get their checkup scheduled.

Call Independence Family Dentistry today at 859-374-7114 to schedule an appointment in Independence, KY. You can also ​​schedule online.