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Every child wants to look their best as they head back to school this fall. Parents help by scheduling haircuts and buying new outfits, but most overlook the simple steps to helping their child maintain one of their most visible features – their smile. Studies show that one of the first things people notice about someone is their smile and that a good smile creates a positive self-image…something all parents wish for their children. “Back-to-school time is the perfect time to incorporate good oral health habits into a child’s daily routine

A FEW HELPFUL TIPS:

Schedule a back-to-school dental visit. Seeing a dentist twice a year during the school-age years is vital because this is a time of great change in the mouth, with kids losing baby teeth and getting in their permanent teeth. Tooth decay is still the most common chronic childhood disease and, left untreated, it can impair a child’s ability to eat, speak, sleep and learn.

Establish daily brushing habits with your children. Children should brush at least twice a day and make sure your child’s toothpaste contains fluoride and the toothbrush is softbristled.

Make good nutrition a top priority. National studies show that only one in five school-age children eats the recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables – greatly increasing their risk of cavities. Don’t forget afterschool snacks. Bite-sized carrots, fruits, nuts and bottled water are much better after-school snack options and give children the fuel they need to excel in physical activity.

We are looking forward to providing quality dental care in our new state-of -the -art office in early October. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment please call 356-5635.

With Oshins of Smiles,

– Dr. Steven Oshins