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While August is one of the busiest months for dental offices as families try to squeeze in last minute dental cleanings and checkups before school begins, September can also be a good time to help get your child back into their school year groove. A healthy smile builds self-confidence by building a positive self-image. In addition to haircuts, new clothes, backpacks and school supplies, it’s important not to forget your child’s smile.

Making sure your child is off to a good start will set the tone for the rest of their school experience. In addition to a healthy smile, there are other things to include on your child’s back-to-school list:

–If your child plays sports, consider providing a mouth guard to protect their pearly whites during sports, PE classes, and playground time.

–To encourage a healthy smile, pack healthy lunches and snacks. If your child eats the school lunch cafeteria food, sit down with your child each week to review the school lunch menu beforehand and encourage healthy eating choices.

–If you bring your child in for a routine dental cleaning, consider protecting their teeth with fluoride treatments or dental sealants, if needed. Fluoride keeps tooth enamel strong and cavity resistant while sealants form a protective barrier on back teeth to keep out dental plaque.

–According to the ADA, toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months. They also recommend using only products that carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance to ensure that it is both safe and effective. We recommend starting the school year with a new, child-sized ADA approved toothbrush. Toothbrushes are only effective when they are not worn or frayed!

If you would like to schedule a dental cleaning for your child, or have any questions or concerns, please call our friendly team at Family Smile Center LLC in Frederick, Maryland at 301.663.9484 today. Dr. Peter Cha and Dr. Danny Dinh are ready to help your child get the best possible start to their new school year experience!