Healthy Smiles Help Keep Kids in School

Healthy smiles improve kids’ confidence and help them succeed in the classroom. Conversely, unhealthy smiles can keep them from attending school and making the grade.

Even at school, oral health issues can distract kids and could cause them to fall behind in coursework. Untreated dental problems can be painful and embarrassing and can cause kids to have a difficult time participating or concentrating. Serious tooth decay can also affect overall health and lead to problems eating, speaking and learning.

Everyone wants kids to succeed at school! Here are some tooth care tips to help keep students smiling and concentrating in the classroom.

  • Make sure all surfaces of the teeth are brushed with fluoride toothpaste twice a day.
  • Gently brush teeth for two minutes each time and pay special attention to the gum line.
  • Floss teeth at least once a day.
  • Schedule regular dental appointments for your family.
  • Pack a healthy lunch. Limit not only sugary snacks, but also high-starch or refined carbohydrate foods. These foods include chips, pretzels, cookies, white bread and dried fruits, even raisins.
  • Send milk or water instead of juice to help wash down lunch. The bacteria that cause tooth decay thrive on simple sugars, especially those in sticky foods and drinks.

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