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Algebra, vocabulary, history class, and oral health – wait, what?! Back to school time is busy and full of new activities. However, don’t forget about taking care of your children’s teeth. The CDC reports that tooth decay affects U.S. children more than any other chronic infectious disease. There are things you can do to help prevent dental disease and make oral health fun for your student:
Toss the sugary snacks and drinks: It’s hard for kids to eat and drink right with so many activities during the day, but unhealthy snacking between meals bathes their teeth in sugar and wears down tooth enamel. Pack school lunches with healthy alternatives to keep both mouths and bodies happy.
Wear a mouth guard: They may not be a typical part of your child’s sports uniform, but they are smart! Typically a mouth guard will protect upper teeth from injury during sports. If your child play sports, a mouth guard can make a difference in preventing busted teeth, a broken jaw or even a season-ending concussion.
Brush and floss: The foundation of good oral health is proper home care. Make sure your student is brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day. For busy teens, buy a travel-size toothbrush/ toothpaste kit and portable flossing sticks to encourage healthy behaviors.
See your dentist: Make sure your child visits the dentist regularly. Discuss sealants and ask if your child is receiving the proper amount of fluoride. Both protect the teeth against decay.
To find a dentist and schedule an appointment for you child, visit United Concordia’s website: https://www.unitedconcordia.com/find-a-dentist/
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