A new school year always feels like a fresh start. It’s an opportunity to get back into routine, reunite with friends and even learn a new thing or two. We understand that this school year is looking a bit different for kids across the country. No matter if your child is starting the school year online or in-person, we hope that they have a big and healthy smile on their face!
New School Year, Same Oral Health Routine
Just because your child is required to wear a face mask in school doesn’t mean that their oral health is no longer a priority! Even though your child’s smile is covered for the time being, remind them to always brush their teeth before school and before bed at a minimum. Make sure to explain the importance of good oral hygiene and how it can help prevent problems such as cavities. Parents can lead by example by inviting their child to brush their teeth at the same time. This way parents can also monitor how effective their child’s brushing is and give them some pointers if needed.
Face Masks In Schools
Some experts believe that there is a connection between the consistent use of face masks and dry mouth. An increase in dryness of the mouth can lead to buildup of bad bacteria and result in oral problems. Our team suggests trying to pack foods that will stimulate saliva production in your child’s lunch. This will help to help clean their teeth and keep their mouth moist while they’re in school. We recommend the following snacks:
- Apple slices
- Celery and/or carrot sticks
- Sugar-free hard candies
Book Your Family’s Back-To-School Dentist Appointments
One of the best ways to stay on top of your family’s oral health is to book regular checkups with your dentist. If it’s been over 6 months since the last time you came in for a visit, please give us a call at +1 (604) 423-3737. For more information on our Burnaby dental services including Invisalign, teeth whitening and dental implants, please visit our services page.