Aug
22
2013

Get Smiles Ready for Back to School!

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School supplies are on sale and kids are getting restless. This can only mean one thing – it’s time to start thinking of starting the new school year! Portland dentists Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow and their staff at Mt. Tabor Dental encourage patients of all ages to prepare their smiles as well as their backpacks when it comes to heading back to the classroom.

Back to School Dental Kit

While out and about purchasing the truckload of school supplies now required for kids and teens to get started each September, throw in a couple of new toothbrushes, floss and fun toothpaste. Toothbrushes should be replaced approximately every three months, and having a new one can help your child stay involved in brushing their teeth consistently. Don’t pass up the dental floss and toothpaste in fun colors and flavors as well!

Travel toothbrushes and toothpaste can also make good Back to School Dental Kits, helping children to stay consistent in brushing their teeth after every meal. Put together one of these special kits for your child, who can then stash it in his or her backpack for easy access after lunch.

Plan Healthy Lunches and Snacks

What we eat directly effects the health of our teeth. Children can learn this valuable lesson as they pack a variety of healthy snacks and lunches to eat during each school day.  Plan now for the upcoming school year, purchasing a couple of lunch bags or boxes if you don’t already have a stash of them from previous years. Clean out the cupboard as necessary of any foods high in sugar or fat and replace them with foods that are high in nutrition and protein.

Start with a variety of fruits and vegetables. These can be paired with dips like peanut butter and hummus for easy and nutritious snacks. Stock the fridge with dairy items that are high in nutritive value and low in sugar and fat to help your child eat a healthy diet for a bright smile.

Refresh with Water

Kids tend to gravitate toward sodas and juices of all kinds throughout the school day. These kinds of beverages, however, are full of sugar which leads to increased tooth decay. Many classroom teachers encourage their students to bring a reusable water bottle to fill with refreshing water all day long. This can help keep kids stay focused and hydrated while naturally keeping teeth clean.

Protect Teeth During Sports

If your child plays sports, then a mouthguard might be a piece of sports equipment your child is missing. Made of a hard plastic material, a mouthguard can be adjusted so that it fits comfortably in your child’s mouth while providing maximum protection to his or her neck and face.

Schedule a Dentist Appointment

With school starting so soon, the best time to schedule a check up at Mt. Tabor Dental is now! To get your child ready for school, call Dentists in Portland Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow at (503) 236-1449 to schedule your appointment!

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