How To Maintain a Healthy Smile As You Head Back to School

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The back-to-school season is sometimes overwhelming, but also a great time to start new habits. As your family adjusts to new routines, working toward a healthier smile with Costa Dentistry will boost self-confidence. Let’s look at how to maintain excellent oral hygiene habits while returning to school and extracurriculars this Fall.

1. Schedule Regular Dental Checkups

Now that you have your calendar ready for the school year, it’s time to schedule dental visits for the whole family. Routine dental checkups are essential to maintaining a healthy smile. Our dental team can spot problems like cavities, gum disease, or misalignments early on, preventing more significant complications later. No insurance? Check out our Membership Plans.

2. Work Toward Teeth Alignment

Costa Dentistry can help you maintain your Invisalign clear aligners or consult on whether you should visit an orthodontist for braces. Following the dentist’s and orthodontist’s instructions diligently, attending all adjustment appointments, and practicing excellent oral hygiene help prevent issues like plaque buildup or tooth decay around retainers, braces, or aligners. 

Pro Tip: Our dental hygienist is happy to show you or your child how to clean around an orthodontic appliance and how to clean Invisalign clear aligners

3. Healthy Snacks for Happy Smiles

Packing smile-friendly snacks like fresh fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and cheese can minimize the risk of tooth decay. Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary snacks and beverages, which can lead to cavities and enamel erosion. 

4. Combatting Common Dental Issues

No one wants to deal with bad breath, canker sores, and sensitive teeth during school. To combat bad breath, make sure to brush your tongue gently and use mouthwash to reduce oral bacteria. For canker sores, use over-the-counter ointments or rinses to relieve discomfort. Use a sensitive toothpaste and avoid extremely hot or cold foods and drinks to help pain from sensitivity. 

5. Add Dental Care to Your Daily Routine

With busy schedules, finding time for necessary dental care might seem challenging. Establish a daily routine for oral hygiene, including a few minutes for brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. 

Pro Tip: Using a timer or setting reminders on a phone to start your evening routine can help you or your child’s oral health stay on track.

As you get back into the swing of school, use this time to start healthy dental habits! Get a check-up appointment with Costa Dentistry on your calendar and build brushing and flossing routines that you will stick with, so plaque doesn’t stick with you! 

Contact Costa Dental today to request an appointment!