Help Students Maintain a Healthy Mouth with Simple Tips

Pediatric Dentistry St. Francisville, LA | Sullivan Dental CenterThe time for school books and bake sales and seemingly endless shuffling from one practice to another are again upon us. The first several weeks of a new school year can cause a mixture of excitement and exhaustion for everyone in a household. During this time, there are numerous tasks and opportunities to think about. Understandably, this is not a time when students and parents are giving much attention to the importance of oral care.

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is necessary for students not only because they are at risk of developing cavities and inflammation in their gums, but also because a lack of good care can quickly lead to the embarrassing problem of bad breath. Here, we point out a few simple ways to keep your beloved student protected from unforeseen issues.

  • Practice the basics. The way that students progress in their learning is by starting with the basic concepts of a new level of knowledge. Sometimes, we take a step back before launching forward. This same principle holds true as we look at the smile. The basics of oral care will forever be brushing and flossing. These basics are so simple that they are easily rushed or overlooked completely. Remind the students of your home that brushing is a two-minute task. Set it to music, or to an alarm, if that helps. Offer rewards and encouragement, if necessary; just make sure your students are brushing and flossing daily.
  • Be mindful of practice. Students who practice and play sports are at an increased risk of dental injury and are advised to wear a protective mouth guard during sporting events. The thing is, many students – and even pros – admit to leaving this piece of equipment on the bench. There is a reason for this: most mouth guards are not comfortable. The bulky nature of a store-bought mouth guard gets in the way of breathing, and it may also pinch the gums or cheeks. Talk with your dentist about a custom-fit mouth guard for your student.
  • Visit our practice. Routine checkups and cleanings help students avoid the pain of advanced dental problems, and they help parents avoid unnecessary costs. The ideal timing for recall visits is during school breaks. Think ahead to your student’s next break and schedule a visit for them now.

We’re happy to help you and your family enjoy optimal oral health. Call 225-635-4422 for friendly service.

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