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Summertime’s camps, vacations, reunions, and other activities can throw off your child’s dental hygiene routines. Back-to-school is a great time to get back on track! Here are some tips for your helping your child’s dental hygiene.

As you gather new pencils, backpacks, and other school supplies think–it may be time for a new toothbrush! Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months; sooner if they appear frayed or worn out. An old toothbrush is an ineffective toothbrush and can lead to bacterial contamination, cavities, tooth decay, and other dental emergencies.

Don’t be afraid to enlist some support from your child’s favorite characters! Many children sized toothbrushes come printed with your child’s favorite characters from books and television. Additionally, there are many children’s books and programs that talk about brushing teeth. Read or watch these stories together, and refer to them as you build healthy hygiene habits.

Toothbrushes can also come in a number of colors! Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush that is appropriately sized for your child’s mouth. ADA approved fluoride toothpaste also come in a variety of colors and flavors. Some even have sparkles! All of these can help make toothbrushing a positive experience for you and your child.

Don’t forget to floss! This can be difficult for young children, as they do not have the fine motor skills required to complete an adequate flossing session. Take time to help and encourage them, as this will make the habit easier to develop. Childhood practices are adult habits and can lead to lifelong dental health and hygiene.

Finally, don’t forget your back-to-school dental appointment! To schedule an appointment in Dallas, Texas, call Jeff Jones, DDS at 214.824.2130. Dr. Jeffrey V. Jones and our team will be happy to keep your smile healthy this school year!