School is almost here, and your friends at Kirchner Dental are checking in to make sure all the little ones in your family start the year off with bright, healthy smiles!

4 Ways To Promote Healthy Teeth In Your Family

Here are some helpful ideas from your Jeffersonville dentist for promoting healthy smiles in your family:

*Establish Routines*

One of the most effective ways to ensure a smooth transition from summer break to a new school year is by establishing routines. Things can quickly spiral into chaos without structure in the mornings and evenings as everyone gets used to a new schedule.

Sit down as a family and come up with a morning and nighttime routine that covers all the bases, like:

  • Setting out school clothes the night before
  • Packing a healthy lunch the night before
  • Brushing and flossing your teeth before bed
  • Setting an alarm for the same time every morning
  • Making your bed
  • Eating a healthy breakfast
  • Brushing your teeth
  • Being ready to leave at the same time each morning

Create a routine that works best for your family so that everyone can start and end each day with some structure and peace of mind. It will also encourage healthy dental habits at an early age so it becomes second nature as they grow.

*Use An Oral Health App*

Kids are more tech-savvy than we will probably ever be!

But we can use that to their dental health advantage by letting them use an app to help them stay on track each day. Do a little online research and find some sort of toothbrush timer the kids can use to ensure they’re brushing for the ADA-recommended two minutes.

We also sell electric toothbrushes at Kirchner Dental that come with an app feature that allows you and your child to track their oral hygiene routine!

*Be Smart About Snacking*

The start of the school year can make it a little easier to get everyone’s eating habits back on track. When the kids are home all day during summer break, or you take a family vacation, it can be overwhelming to try and control everyone’s snacking or limit the family’s sugar intake.

Once you’re back into the school routine, you can pack healthy, nutritious lunches and midday snacks full of teeth-friendly foods and drinks. You probably get back to cooking more in the evenings, too, which means you can be more deliberate with filling the kids’ plates with more protein and vegetables instead of a busy summer of meals on the go.

*Consider Dental Sealants At Your Next Checkup*

Bring your kids to Kirchner Dental for their next checkup!

We will make sure they have clean, shiny teeth and healthy gums before that first school bell rings!

During their dental cleaning and exam, be sure to ask us about dental sealants and fluoride treatments to see if your child would benefit from these preventive services. It would be an easy way to protect their teeth, especially those hard-to-reach back molars, from decay and cavities between routine checkups.

Schedule Your Family’s Appointment!

School will be here before you know it, so make sure your kids get off to a healthy start!

Schedule dental cleanings and exams for your family at Kirchner Dental! Call our Jeffersonville, IN dental office today at 812-913-6093 (Jeffersonville) 812-884-8304 (New Albany) 502-430-3451 (St. Matthews) or contact us online for an appointment.