Along with new school supplies and clothes, the Wisconsin Dental Association recommends adding a visit to your WDA member dentist to your child's back-to-school list this fall.
Prepare students for a healthy and successful school year:
- Schedule back-to-school dental visit - Avoid oral health issues that could distract your child from learning and cause missed class time by scheduling regular dental appointments for checkups and preventive care, such as cleanings and fluoride treatment. Need a dentist? Click on the Find A Dentist button in upper left corner of every WDA.org page to search for a WDA member dentist in your area.
- Set a brush and floss schedule - A child's teeth should be brushed gently for two minutes, twice a day. Remember to floss teeth at least once a day, too. The WDA recommends replacing toothbrushes every three to four months or sooner if the bristles are worn or a child has been ill with a cold or flu.
- Eat healthy lunches and snacks - Cut back on sugary foods and drinks by consuming more grains, white milk (flavored milk has extra sugar), cheese, raw vegetables, fresh fruit and yogurt. Drinking water throughout the school day helps youngsters stay hydrated and delivers the benefits of cavity-fighting fluoride.
Tooth decay is largely preventable, but it remains one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. Cavities are five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Visit the Your Oral Health tab on WDA.org for more information.