August 5, 2018
Most families enjoy a laxer routine during the summer; however, with back-to-school right around the corner, it’s time to get back to your normal and healthy routines. Your children’s dentist in Fremont has some suggestions for getting back on track and how to be sure that your child’s oral health is included in those routines.
Get to Bed Earlier
While this does tend to vary with your individual children’s needs, it is recommended that kids aged 6 to 13 years old get 9 to 11 hours of sleep per night, while teenagers ages 14 to 17 need around 8 to 10 hours.
Start getting your child used to an earlier bed time a few nights before school starts to ensure they’re well rested for their big first day.
Include Fruits and Veggies in School Lunches
Helping your child eat healthy is important for their health and oral health. Fruits and veggies increase saliva flow and neutralize the acids in your child’s mouth to help prevent tooth decay and cavities.
Including them in your child’s lunches and after school snacks will help protect their overall health and wellbeing. Use a dipping sauce or bento style presentation to make eating fruits and veggies more fun encourage your child to eat them daily.
Schedule Your Dental Appointments in Advance
Back-to-school is a busy time of year, and you may find that it’s hard to schedule a dental appointment at a time that’s convenient for your family. That’s why it’s important to schedule with your dentist ahead of time for routine cleaning and checkup appointments. You’ll be able to pick the times that are best for your schedule when you reserve your times in advance.
Make a Checklist
Use a checklist so your child can keep track of their daily progress. This also ensures that they don’t forget any important aspects of their routine. Your list might include:
- Brushing and flossing their teeth
- Washing their face
- Brushing/combing hair
- Bath or shower
- Make their lunch
- Make their bed
You can add or subtract tasks as needed for your own family and make it fun by using stickers to mark off completed tasks and track your child’s progress.
Need more ideas? Have questions on nutrition? Need to schedule your next dental visit? Contact your dentist in Fremont today.
About James Block Dentistry
Dr. James Block has been providing high quality dental care for patients in Fremont, CA for nearly 30 years. We offer a wide range of advanced services that are designed to care for the entire family. Patients enjoy the personalized attention they receive and the friendly and laid back environment they find when they choose James Block Dentistry as their dental home.
If you would like to contact James Block Dentistry, we can be reached online through our website or by calling 510-793-0801.
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