Send Students into Their World with These Health Tips

 

Pediatric Dentistry Houston | Dental Visit Humble | Pearland | Sugar Land TXBy this time of year, many families are settling nicely into a new school year. The days of stressful preparation are behind us, and students are now getting into a groove regarding their daily schedule. That means that the average student has her mind on school books, the next test, and maybe even a new friend. Nowhere in this mix would we expect for there to be thoughts of taking care of teeth.

The subject of oral care is an important one, but students are not tested on these skills. Instead, they are often left on their own to discover – the hard way – that lack of care leads to painful problems. We are interested in helping our patients avoid the pitfalls of dental conditions like cavities and infection. Here, we offer three simple tips for prevention, and they may not be what you expect.

Preventing Cavities & Infection

  • Think of the basics. Every student begins a new school year with an idea of the basic concepts of new studies. The basics are the basis for knowledge and skill, even when it comes to maintaining a healthy, odor-free smile. When it comes to brushing and flossing, students may need a bit of help from parents. This could come in the form of a daily reminder before rushing out the door, or it may need to involve direct oversight for younger students. However the basics need to be reinforced, this is an excellent step for preventing cavities and other concerns.
  • Think beyond the norm. Thinking beyond the norm is necessary for students who play sports, and for students who wear any orthodontic fixtures (even Invisalign). Athletes may need to be fitted with a custom mouth guard for their activities. You may be surprised at how many players leave this crucial piece of gear on the sidelines, putting themselves at risk of dental injuries. Students with braces are at risk of cavities and bad breath. Equipping them with a travel-sized toothbrush to keep in a backpack helps them remove debris and stay fresh and cavity-free.
  • Think ahead. Dental visits are easy to forget, but they are an important aspect of health for students. Now that the school year is starting to run smoothly take the time to schedule your student’s next visit in one of our friendly offices.

Our family-centered practice serves areas in the Houston area, as well as in Sugar Land, Humble, and other cities. Call (713) 330-7700 to schedule a dental visit!

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