August 27, 2016
Back to School Dental Routine
The summer vacation has ended and back-to-school has arrived. We understand that it can be a stressful time for children and parents to establish a routine. Dr. Ella Choi, a pediatric dentist, offers some tips on establishing a good dental routine.
Good Oral Hygiene
After Breakfast and before bedtime, make sure your children go to school and bed with clean teeth. Use a timer or sing a song to make brushing time a fun time. Check out tips on brushing and flossing to make this routine more enjoyable for your kids.
Healthy snacks are part of maintaining oral health. Choosing fibrous food such as celery and apples can help rid of food debris stuck in your teeth. Hard food such as carrots, apples and nuts can activate saliva production, which has teeth strengthening ingredient such as calcium and phosphate. Hard cheese is a fantastic snack because it is high in calcium and makes teeth stronger. Be careful of foods that sound “healthy” but really are not good for teeth. Check out this link for 7 “healthy” snacks to avoid for teeth.
Most children require a dental check-up every 6 months. Some children at high risk of cavities may need to see the dentist more often to make sure there are no signs of cavities. Your child needs a regular oral exam to check that your dental routine is in tip top shape, there are not cavities or gum disease starting.
Dr. Ella Choi is a certified specialist in pediatric dentistry serving Vancouver and South Surrey, White Rock in Beautiful British Columbia.