It's THAT time of year again - Back to school!

Written by Heather Siler

Believe it or not, school is back in session which means it’s time to get back into the routine. While summer is a time to be carefree and have fun, the school year brings structure and a hectic pace. Part of the transition is resuming proper personal care including oral health.   

Therefore, how do parents get their children back into the groove? When it comes to oral health care, here’s a checklist of things to consider to aid in resuming the daily schedule easily:

  1. Supplies- Just like pens, pencils, and backpacks, kids need the right tools when performing oral health care. A new toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, fluoride rinse, mouthwash, and any other aids are in order. If your child is in orthodontic treatment, other devices may be necessary such as a power brush or an irrigation device.
  2. Lunch & Snacks- It’s prudent to review your child’s lunchbox and snacks. Start the year off right by packing healthy food and snacks in their lunchbox such as fresh fruits and veggies that can be dunked into a healthy dip. Seemingly good snacks, such as dehydrated fruits, should be eaten
  3. Regular Bedtime- Although it doesn’t seem directly related to oral health care, sleep is very important. With exhaustion and improper sleep patterns comes the probability of clenching and grinding the teeth. When short-lived, bruxing and clenching isn’t too problematic. However, if it becomes a long-term habit, it can be very detrimental. Stress the importance of sleep and reasonable bedtimes to your child.

Going back to school doesn’t have to be a dreaded experience. As long as you’re prepared, the new schedule won’t be too difficult to integrate, and the entire household will be in sync and happy.