Going back-to-school looks a lot different this year for most families, but that does not mean that new and effective daily routines can’t be established. For younger children and teenagers, that routine needs to include daily oral health care and a back-to-school check-up with their dental professional.
Sticking to a good dental care routine is a year-round essential, but when your little one is first being reintegrated into our “new normal” as it pertains to school, healthy routines are even more important.
There are three main reasons you should ensure that dental care is a part of your child’s day:
Most children already struggle with the shift in their wake up time when school is back in session, and now that most of them are just opening a laptop and signing on to a virtual classroom, it is super easy to gloss over brushing their teeth in the morning. If you can get them up just a few extra minutes early and have them follow their traditional morning routine for hygiene, including brushing their teeth, not only will they get those health benefits but will also help to normalize their school day.
It is very easy to skip a few steps here and there.,One skipped morning turns into one skipped day, which turns into two skipped days and the next thing you know, your carefully planned routine is suddenly non-existent.
Small children have a lot of growing to do so they are constantly growing through changes. This means that not establishing and sticking to a good dental care routine can cause major problems down the road. For example, older kids might have braces that need extra cleaning and care, and although most teenagers are convinced they’re immortal, their teeth can fall out from inadequate oral hygiene just like everyone else’s.
Taking our own health and the health of our children has taken on a new degree of importance. Proper oral health care helps your mouth support and maintain the right amount of good bacteria that live inside your mouth while, at the same time, eliminating the bad oral bacteria and killing germs that are harmful, such as viruses. You can help your kids stay healthy by making sure that good oral care is a part of their daily routine.
Routine preventative care dental check-ups make it possible for your dentist to discover small problems before they turn into bigger problems. Dentists can also provide a referral to an orthodontist if one is needed. They can also help show your kids the value of good daily dental care in case your teenager is in their “mom doesn’t know anything” phase.
At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.
The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry. We also provide sedation dentistry treatments as an option for our patients with severe dental anxiety.
It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.