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Guilderland, NY- Every child wants to look their best as they head back to school. While haircuts, new clothes and school supplies are likely on their list, the beginning of the school year is a great time for an annual dental exam because it follows a season in which they have indulged in treats like soda, popsicles and cotton candy.

Studies show that one of the first things people notice about someone is their smile and that a good smile creates positive self-image, something all parents wish for their children. Take charge of your child’s health this school year by incorporating good oral health habits into their daily routine and by packing healthy lunches.

Many school children go straight to sporting practices after school and turn to sugary foods and drinks from vending machines which are disastrous to their oral health. An alarming increase in the consumption of sports and energy drinks, with the hopes of improving their sports performance and energy levels is instead causing irreversible damage to teeth, specifically with the high acidity levels the drinks contain, which erodes tooth enamel, the glossy outer layer of the tooth. This is turn causes teeth to become overly sensitive, prone to cavities and more likely to decay leading to more missed school days, lower academic performance and more missed work for parents.

Simple preventative check-ups twice a year can head off decay and help you and your child learn how to protect their teeth throughout the year. Bite size carrots, fruits, nuts and bottled water are the best after school snack options and give children the fuel they need to excel in academics and physical activities. If your kids play sports, be sure they have a custom made mouth guard to keep their teeth safe from injury.

Ensure your child is ready, returning to class flashing a happy and healthy smile!

With Oshinsofsmiles,

-Dr. Steven Oshins