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A Smile's Back to School Checklist, Part 1

  • August 1, 2015

The beginning of the school year is back once again. It’s that time of year where every child and parent are roaming through the local department stores looking for school supplies and a new wardrobe for a growing child.

While you are worried about getting everything ready for your child’s return to school, he is thinking about getting back to his social life with friends and extracurricular activities. He will need school supplies and new things to wear, but he will also need a beautiful, healthy smile to show!

We love seeing the kids of Holly, MI, because they are so happy and fun to be around. Those smiles make the world go around, so we want to make sure your child’s smile has everything it needs to look and feel great! Over the next two posts, we want to share your child’s smile’s back to school checklist!

The Back to School Rush

Most parents approach the back to school season with mixed feelings. It’s a busy time with lots of things to do, and it means the end of summer. However, a little bit more time to yourself isn’t a bad thing!

With so much to do, it can be difficult to plan everything. You need to go shopping, meet the teachers, schedule a sports physical (if your child is an athlete), get school vaccines, and whatever else might be on your plate. In all of that hustle-bustle, don’t forget your child’s smile!

What About Your Kid’s Smile? What Does It Need?

Your child needs to be able to feel confident on those first days of school. Give her the confidence she needs with a killer smile. In order for her to feel great, her smile is going to need a few things. Take a look at our list below to get an idea of what you can do to help her smile get ready for the new school year!

Hygiene Equipment

Every smile needs the right tools to stay clean and healthy. The new school year is a great time to purchase new hygiene tools so that your child’s smile is feeling fresh each and every day. Take your student on a trip to the store and pick up these things.

New Toothbrush – A new toothbrush is a great way to get your child excited about the new school year. Let her pick her favorite color or character to make this toothbrush something really special.

Fresh Toothpaste – There’s something about a new type or flavor of toothpaste that makes brushing your teeth more fun. Help your child get back in the school routine by letting her pick the toothpaste!

Fluoride Rinse – A fluoride rinse is always a good idea for kids. Be sure your child is old enough to rinse and spit before giving her the responsibility of rinsing on her own.

Healthy Snacks and Drinks

Aside from the tools needed to maintain oral hygiene, you need to keep healthy snacks and drinks around the home. These will encourage your child to eat well and will boost oral health. Take a look at a few suggestions below.

A Great Water Bottle – Drinking water is best for kids of all ages. It refreshes the mouth and boosts the production of saliva, which protects your teeth from decay and infection. However, water bottles don’t contain the fluoride your teeth need to be strong. Rather than spending your money on bottled water, invest in a sturdy reusable water bottle that your child can carry with them.

Fresh Fruits and Veggies – When packing lunches, preparing after-school snacks, or meals, be sure to include lots of crunchy fruits and vegetables. These will give your child the vitamins and minerals she needs to grow healthy teeth, but the crunch will also help rid your child’s teeth of plaque buildup on the surface.

Cheesesticks – Another great snack or part of a school lunch is a cheesestick. Kids love peelable cheese, and it’s another snack that will help scrub their teeth as they chew!

Check Back for the Second Half of A Smile’s Back to School Checklist!

In our next post, we will continue this idea of a smile’s back to school checklist. Check back to see how a visit to the dentist can benefit your child before the school year begins. In the meantime, contact our office to set up your child’s appointment. We can’t wait to see you both!