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For most families, August is the time when families squeeze in those dental checkups before the school year takes begins. However, for those who missed the August timeline, September is also a great time to build your child’s confidence and self-image with a dental checkup along with new clothes, haircut, school supplies, and backpack.

Along with a healthy smile, there are several items to include on your child’s back-to-school list:

–If your child plays sports, a mouth guard to protect their pearly whites during sports, PE classes, and playground time is a wise investment.

–For a healthy smile, pack healthy lunches and snacks. If your child eats the school lunch cafeteria food, sit down with your child each week to review the school lunch menu beforehand and encourage healthy eating choices.

–If you bring your child in for a routine dental cleaning, consider protecting their teeth with fluoride treatments or dental sealants, if needed. Fluoride keeps tooth enamel strong and cavity resistant while sealants form a protective barrier on back teeth to keep out dental plaque.

–According to the ADA, toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months. They also recommend using only products that carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance to ensure that it is both safe and effective. We recommend starting the school year with a new, child-sized ADA approved toothbrush. Toothbrushes are most effective when they are in tip-top shape.

To schedule a dental checkup and cleaning for your child, please give our Rice Dentistry of Roanoke team a call in Roanoke, Virginia at 540-685-0105. Dr. Priyanka Dutt and Dr. David Jones are always ready to give your child the tools necessary to have a confident, healthy school year!