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Getting a dental exam before school starts is just as
important as making sure your child is up to date on all their immunizations,
says the American Dental Association. Tooth decay is the most common chronic
infectious disease affecting children in the United States, and it’s important
to get it treated right away. Since you’re already making a list of things to
do before school starts, why not see your family dentist
in Scarborough to get your kid’s teeth taken care of? What else should you add
to that list? Here are 4 things you should do to make sure your child’s oral
health is in good shape.

1. Buy a Fresh Toothbrush

You should change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, or
shorter if you’ve been sick recently. However, most of us wait a lot longer to
replace them. This can cause the brush’s bristles to get worn down and not
clean as effectively. While you’re at the store searching for new pencils and notebooks,
make a quick detour to the dental section and pick up a new brush for the new
school year.

2. Pack Healthy Lunches

Put mouth-healthy foods in your kid’s sack lunches, such as milk,
cheese, veggies, fruits, and yogurt. Avoid packing any sugary snacks or soft
drinks, as those can increase your kid’s risk of cavities. If your little one
eats a lunch from the school cafeteria, talk to them about which options are
healthiest for their teeth.

3. Wear a Mouthguard

The beginning of the school year is a great time to try out
for sports. Unfortunately, many schools don’t require their little athletes to
wear mouthguards during physical activities. This means their teeth aren’t
protected from injuries. Ask your family dentist about getting your kid fitted
for a mouthguard to make sure their little teeth don’t get knocked out or

4. Visit Your Dentist

You and your child should be seeing the dentist at least
once every six months. Since you’re probably already seeing their primary care
doctor about getting physicals and immunizations, why not visit their dentist while
you’re at it? The dentist can diagnose and treat tooth decay and make sure your
kid’s teeth are nice and clean for the coming year. Your dental hygienist can
also polish their teeth and make them shiny just in time for yearbook picture

The beginning of the school year is a busy time, but by
adding these 4 things to your to-do list, you can make sure your child’s mouth
is in great shape.

About the Author

Dr. Arti Patel is a member of the Ontario Dental
Association, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons, and the Academy of General
Dentistry. She enjoys working with patients of all ages to help them achieve
healthy smiles without worry. To get your little one ready for the upcoming
school year, you can reach Dr. Patel on her website or by
calling (416)-285-4545