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Back to School Oral Health Tips for Your Kids

Now that summer is coming to an end, it’s time to get your kids ready for another long school year. In addition to getting new backpacks, pencil boxes, and clothes, there are a few other things that you can prepare your kids with like some oral health tips. To make sure that your kids start the year off without cavities and end it in the same way, let’s go over a few tips to give them.

Get a Dental Exam Before School

Once school starts, things can turn from busy into hectic in a matter of seconds. In between carpools and soccer practice, it can be hard even to fit their homework in, let alone a dentist appointment. Before their school year starts, schedule a dental cleaning at our office to get it out of the way before all of the hustle.

Get them gum

In an ideal world, kids would brush their teeth after every meal (even lunch), but the last thing any kid wants to do is clean their teeth at school in front of all of their friends. Although sugar-free gum can’t replace regular toothbrushing, it is a good alternative for your kids. Chewing gum is proven to help speed up your salivary glands, which are a natural way for you to get rid of plaque, bacteria, and tartar on your teeth.

Get them a water bottle

The more water your kids drink, the better they will feel overall, and the same can be said for their oral health. Similar to chewing gum, water also speeds up your mouth’s salivary glands which is a plus. Plus, water will naturally rinse your child’s teeth as they drink it, which makes it ideal for drinking after snacks and lunch.

The tricky thing about parenting school-aged kids is that you can’t keep tabs on their every move, but you can help give them the tools they need to be happy and successful. Before school starts, keep these things in mind to ensure that our little ones keep their mouths as healthy as ever. To learn a little bit more, contact our Albuquerque office and call (505) 881-1159.

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How to Get Your Little Ones to Floss

Dental Cleanings Albuquerque NMGetting yourself as an adult to floss your teeth both morning and night can sometimes feel like you’re setting yourself up to fail. But getting your little ones to floss their teeth can seem like a whole different hurdle. If you are having a hard time getting your kids to floss their teeth, Dr. Steven Holbrook has a few tips up his teeth to make things, hopefully, a little easier.

Get Flossers

One of the hardest parts of dental care for kids is getting them to learn how to use dental floss; that’s where dental flossers come into play. Dental flossers are designed with kids in mind and are pre-wrapped pieces of dental floss that they can weave in and out of their teeth without having to deal with the hassle of traditional dental floss.

Use a Chart

Sticker charts are a good idea for a variety of things including tooth brushing, chores, reading, and you guessed it, flossing. Every time your little one flosses their teeth let them put a sticker on a chart. Once they fill the chart up, they get a reward like a movie date or a toy from the dollar store.

Do It Together

One of the best ways to teach your kids to do things is by example. If your kids see you flossing, they are more likely to take an interest in it themselves. If you are having a hard time getting your kids to floss, suggest that you floss together.

Getting your kids to do just about anything can seem like more of a chore for you than for them. If you have had a hard time getting your kids excited about flossing, you are not alone. However, by using these three easy tips listed above, you can hopefully get your kids flossing without having to make a fuss about it.

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To learn more about dental tips, contact our Albuquerque office today and call us at (505) 881-1159.

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