We hope you’ve had a great summer! It’s not over yet, but school is on the horizon. It’s time to be thinking about back to school necessities like a backpack, pencils, papers, and a smile that is healthy and bright. Regular brushing and flossing habits should be maintained year round. You can model these daily activities for your child. We encourage you to give your child’s teeth an extra back to school boost, with a children’s checkup and cleaning. There are also ways you can help foster good dental habits at home.
The Big Four in Children’s Dentistry
There is no downside to good dental care for children. Four particular practices include:
Fluoride Treatments: Fluoride in a concentrated gel can be applied to the teeth, to strengthen tooth enamel.
Dental sealants: A sealant is applied to the young teeth, to help protect against cavities. It helps keep tooth decay at bay, and will wear off over time.
Regular cleanings: Dental cleanings allow our hygienists to remove hard tartar, and clean and polish the teeth. Even the best brushers benefit from this professional cleaning.
Regular checkups: These allow us to keep an eye on your child’s teeth. Cavities happen, and are best caught early. We look not only for signs of decay, but also for problems with malocclusion (the way the teeth meet) that might need attention from an orthodontist.
Help With Good Lunchtime Choices
Whether your child packs a lunch or buys one at school, you can discuss good food and drink choices. Limit sugary beverages, and sweet sticky foods like gummy treats and taffy. Suggest your child swish his or her mouth with water after lunch, to help remove food particles. Snacks may be needed to keep energy up—keep crisp and not-too-sweet foods like baby carrots and crunchy apples on hand at home.
Dental Mouth Guards: A Must for Some Sports
Tooth protection is important for any activity where there might be hard contact with the head. Football, soccer, basketball and hockey come immediately to mind. Mouth guards should also be considered for solo activities such as skateboarding and martial arts. Please let us know if you have questions about dental mouth guards.
ABOUT YOUR FT. WORTH, TX DENTIST:
Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.