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You’ve got their new uniforms, stationary and flashy new lunch boxes. This can only mean the kids are nearly ready to return to school! But, while you’ve been collecting their school essentials, have you thought about their teeth and gums?

Keep reading to learn our top dental tips for kids to keep their smile sparkling as they return to school!

Smile-friendly lunchboxes

It’s important to remember that what your child eats and drinks every day at school impacts the health of their teeth and gums. It may be tempting to give them a sugary treat to keep them happy throughout the day, but this could do more harm than good in the long term.

Each time your child eats sugar, any plaque on their teeth will trigger an acid attack on their enamel, leading to potential decay. So, when packing their lunch, think about reducing the number of sugary food items to help stave off cavities!

Gumshields for PE

The second of our dental tips for kids focuses on PE! If your child loves sport and is actively participating in football or hockey, it’s vital that you protect their smile with a gumshield. Over-the-counter gum shields are typically ‘boil and bite’ appliances that might not provide the best defence on the sports field.

Luckily, your local Salisbury dentist can offer a better fitting, custom-made alternative to give you peace of mind that your child’s smile is safe whilst they do their thing on the pitch!

How to brush properly

All your child needs are two minutes, twice a day, of proper brushing to keep their smile sparkling. If your child is younger, it may be helpful to use printable incentive charts and apps such as the Brush DJ to instil a sense of pride and fun in taking care of their teeth! Remember, establishing a solid routine now will set your child up for a lifetime of good oral hygiene.

Did you find our dental tips for kids helpful? Make sure your child’s teeth are in top condition before they head back to school. Book a family check-up at Sarum Dental Practice in Wiltshire, by phoning our friendly reception team on 01722 333324 or by booking online here.