It’s hard to believe summer is over! Amongst the sports leagues, barbecues, and pool days, we blinked and now it’s September.
In the spirit of the new school year, we’re giving you the ABC’s of back-to-school dental care! These three tips will help you maintain great oral health as you get into your new fall routine.
A. Avoid excessive sugar.
Sugary foods can leave a plaque buildup on our teeth, which can lead to the decay of tooth enamel, known as cavities. It may be easier to throw a candy bar or cookie into the lunch box in the morning, but there are tasty alternatives that contain much less sugar. Low-sugar substitutes include fruit like grapes or berries, yogurt, whole-grain snack bars, or popcorn. Other sources of excess sugar are drinks like juice or soda – so stick with good, old-fashioned water!
B. Brush and floss.
Just like your back-to-school routine is important, your dental hygiene routine is essential to keeping your mouth at the top of the class! This routine should include brushing your teeth in the morning and at night, and flossing once a day. Don’t like to brush? See this post for tips on how to get your kids (or yourself) motivated. These same techniques can be used for flossing.
C. Click to make your cleaning appointment!
One of the most important things you can do for your oral health is simply to schedule a cleaning. These should be every six months, so if your last one was in spring, it’s time to make a visit to Dr. Gabhart. And it’s so easy; you can request an appointment with just one click. Our awesome staff will review your request and notify you by phone to confirm your cleaning appointment.
So this year as you get back into the school routine, remember, keeping your mouth healthy is as easy as A, B, C!