Back to School Tips from the Tooth Fairy

As you get your kids ready for the start of a new school year, be sure to schedule them for a back-to-school dental exam! Tooth decay is the most common dental concern among children. In fact, dental disease causes kids to miss more than 51 million hours of school each year. Prevention and early detection can help avoid pain, trouble eating, difficulty speaking, and school absences.

With school starting back, we’ve put together a list of five tips from the Tooth Fairy!

Back to School Tips from the Tooth Fairy
Back to School Tips from the Tooth Fairy

  1. Pack a Healthy Lunch
    Fuel your kids with the nutrients they need to stay focused in school, with foods that are also healthy for your teeth! We especially love sandwiches on whole grain bread, with lettuce, tomato, and cheese, with cut up veggies on the side. When it comes to drinks, water is the best!
  2. Replace Your Toothbrush
    Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months or after an illness or infection. Look for soft-bristled toothbrushes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Make sure to brush for 2 minutes, 2 times a day, and floss before bedtime!
  3. Schedule a Dental Check-Up
    It’s important that your child starts this school year with a happy and healthy smile. By having your child attend routine exams every six months, we can keep an eye on your child’s oral health, and identify and treat any issues early on before they progress.
  4. Consider a Mouthguard
    Mouthguards are essential for every athlete! Mouthguards fit snugly over your teeth to help protect against injuries to the teeth, mouth, and jaw joints. If your child already has one, we can examine it for fit, wear, and tear. We recommend purchasing a new mouthguard every season or every time your child goes through a growth spurt.
  5. Save Our Number!
    We are on-call for emergencies! Accidents can happen in sports, gym class, or on the school bus. In case of an emergency, make sure your child’s teachers and coaches know to call the dentist. Save our number now to save time when it counts: 510-521-5437.

We hope you have a wonderful school year!

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