School will be starting soon! Dentist in Newberg, Oregon Dr. Jennifer McLeod and her team at Newberg Family Dental encourage parents to take the following steps to provide good dental care for their kids as they head back to school.
School Supplies = Toothbrush and Floss!
Parents are used to buying pencils, paper, markers, scissors and glue to complete the school supply list provided by their child’s school. But what about putting good dental care on the list? While out and about to purchase school supplies, consider throwing a new toothbrush and floss in for your child, along with toothpaste in a fun flavor. This will help your kids celebrate good dental care without costing a lot of money and time.
Parents might want to consider purchasing a timer to use with their kids at home. These timers are not only good for homework and chore time, they can also help kids keep brushing for the two minutes that Newberg dentist Dr. Jennifer McLeod recommends. To keep the timer from getting lost, buy one for homework that stays in the kitchen and one for brushing that stays in the bathroom!
Protect Those Smiles
Good dental care is largely about prevention. Brushing and flossing are part of a good dental care plan for kids, but so are mouthguards. These hard plastic pieces of sports equipment can help protect your child in sports of all kinds from receiving long-term injury to the face or mouth. These don’t cost a lot and can be molded to your child’s mouth for comfort and ease of use. A small investment in a mouth guard can provide long-term peace of mind and safety!
Plan Healthy Lunches
Even if kids are given the opportunity to brush their teeth after lunch at school, chances are high that they will be headed for the playground instead. Help provide your children with good dental care by planning healthy lunches. Stock the pantry and refrigerator with easy to transport foods like apples (whole or sliced), cheese, yogurt, hummus, and carrots to go with sandwiches made from whole wheat bread. The crunchy, whole foods will give your children the nutrition they need and help clean their teeth at the same time for overall good dental care.
Join the No Cavity Club!
To help keep your kids on track for good dental care and a healthy smile for life, dentist in Newberg Dr. Jennifer McLeod and her team have created the Kids No Cavity Club. Once kids qualify, they will be entered into contests throughout the year to win fabulous prizes as well as working hard at home to brush and floss their teeth twice a day.
Call Newberg Family Dental to schedule an appointment for your children to ensure their good dental care as they head back to school! Call (503) 278-4281 to schedule an appointment with Newberg dentist Dr. McLeod and her team at Newberg Family Dental.