Back-to-School Oral Health Essentials

As the summer break comes to an end and children head back to school, it’s essential to ensure their oral health remains a priority. While packing school supplies and getting back into routines, don’t forget about maintaining a healthy smile!

At Storybook Smiles, we believe that good oral hygiene should continue throughout the school year. Here are some essential items to include in your child’s back-to-school checklist to keep their oral health in top shape:

    Toothbrush and Toothpaste

    Start the school year with the basics – an age-appropriate toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste are essential for maintaining proper oral hygiene. Encourage your child to brush their teeth at least twice a day – before heading out to school in the morning and before bed at night.

    Dental Floss and Travel-Sized Mouthwash

    Don’t skip the floss! Dental floss helps remove plaque and food particles between teeth, promoting healthy gums and preventing cavities. If your child is in braces, some floss in their backpack can prevent embarrassing food filled smiles. A travel-sized, alcohol-free mouthwash can be a refreshing addition to your child’s oral care routine, especially after meals or snacks when brushing might not be possible.

    Water Bottle and Tooth-Friendly Snacks

    Hydration is vital during school hours, and a reusable water bottle can also help rinse your child’s mouth after eating, reducing the risk of trapped food particles and bacteria. Pack tooth-friendly snacks like crunchy fruits and vegetables, cheese, and nuts. Avoid packing too many sugary or sticky treats that can increase the risk of cavities.

    Mouthguard (If Needed)

    If your child is participating in sports or physical activities, consider providing a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect their teeth from potential injuries.

    Chapstick with SPF

    Lips can get sunburned too! Pack a lip balm with SPF to protect your child’s lips from harmful UV rays.

    Emergency Contact Information

    Share our office information with the school staff in case of any dental emergencies. Being prepared ensures quick assistance if needed.

By including these items in your child’s back-to-school routine, you’re making oral health a priority throughout the year. Encourage them to continue practicing good oral hygiene habits and maintaining a healthy smile. A confident smile contributes to their overall well-being and success in the classroom. Wishing all students a happy and healthy school year!


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