Even though it’s hard to believe, the 2016-17 school year is upon us. Kids will be learning their new class schedules, meeting their friends and swapping summertime stories as they prepare for the another year.
Dr. Moles and his dedicated staff know that it can be challenging to adjust to being back to school after enjoying the freedom of summer vacation, especially for kids who are still adjusting to their new braces. As a trusted children’s orthodontic practice in Frederick County and Urbana, MD, we want to make the return to school as simple as possible. Below you’ll find a list of ways to keep your child’s metal or clear braces in tip-top shape throughout the academic year.
Send Children With A “Braces Care Kit”
Because it’s easy to forget about your oral hygiene routine in the midst of homework and tests, we recommend creating a “braces care kit” for your child. Just use a small zippered pouch or plastic container that fits in their backpack. Then, fill it with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, dental wax and extra elastics, so that they always have everything they need. Remind them to brush their teeth after lunch to keep their teeth clean and healthy.
Mouthguard For Physical Activities
When checking your child’s backpack, don’t forget to include a protective mouthguard. They should always wear a mouthguard when playing sports, or other physical activities, to protect their mouth from injuries.
The Importance Of Water
When children drink water throughout the day, they help fight tooth decay, flush away food debris and avoid bad breath. Make sure they avoid sugary beverages as these types of drinks can cause cavities. Tooth decay treatment can delay orthodontic treatment, so get your child in a healthy routine early.
Pack a Well-Balanced Lunch
When preparing your children’s lunch, steer clear of braces-busting foods like hard, crunchy, sticky and gooey snacks. Choose healthy sides such as yogurt, applesauce, cheese and soft fruits when you’re at the grocery store. Check your child’s lunch menu at school before giving them money, as those foods can sometimes do more harm than good.