Some kids are heading back to school in person, and many are heading back virtually. No matter what your situation is, you’ll probably have less free time, more structure, and undoubtedly some stress. That would be true even in a normal year, but this year is something new for everyone. A back to school dental routine can give peace of mind and check at least one worry off your list.
Dental Care for Kids & Parents
Back to school dental routine and changes aren’t just for kids. Our calendars fill up with meetings and activities, traffic gets heavier, schedules lose flexibility, and we all need a gentle reminder to take care of ourselves, including our teeth.
Our best advice to enhance dental care during this chaotic season is to plan your back to school dental routine carefully and stick with it. Whether at school or at home, make sure your back to school dental routine includes:
- Toss your old toothbrush and get a new one (quarterly refresh is recommended)
- Take it as a cue to schedule a six-month dental cleaning for you and your kids
- Opt for healthy snacks like crisp fruits and veggies
- Brush and Floss at least twice a day
- Bonus: if your kids have braces, cut their apples into slices instead of packing a whole apple for lunch!
We know that sticking to any routine, especially a back to school dental routine, can be tricky, especially in times like these. Just like anything else, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of both in-person and virtual school.
Here are some of the things you might want to take into account when planning your routine.
Returning to the Classroom with a Back to School Dental Routine
- It’s a schedule you know, so may be easier to plan your dental visit around
- Distracted parents get a “break” while teachers and administrators provide structured supervision
- Less stress in a familiar environment with social interaction
- Less time to sneak sweet snacks
- Increased stress related to extra safety requirements and health risks
- Could be more time constraints making scheduling dental appointments tricky
- Brushing and flossing after lunch is unlikely
- Peer pressure to trade healthy lunch snacks for less healthy treats
Virtual Back to School Dental Routine
- Maintaining a schedule of brushing and flossing teeth after every meal is possible
- It may be easier to sneak in regular dental appointments without missing class
- No bartering away the healthy snacks for the sweet stuff
- Ongoing parental supervision might be possible
- More stress of adapting to a new way of learning (and sometimes teaching, with parents filling in gaps)
- There may be less overall supervision if both parents are busy
- Extra trips to the pantry or fridge for sweet treats are more likely
- Blurred transition between summer and fall could make you forget to swap your old toothbrush for a new one
Sticking to Your Back to School Dental Routine
Whatever your situation, your family will be more likely to make time to take good care of your teeth if you make a plan and stick to your back to school dental routine. And when that happens, we know that also means we’ll see you sometime soon at your regular check in.