Life Hacks: Back to School

Every child wants to look and feel his or her best on the first day of school, and a healthy smile can go a long way. Unfortunately, with all the hustle and bustle of returning to school, dental health can sometimes be your last priority. Here are some simple tricks for keeping teeth looking and feeling their best during this busy time of the year.

Don’t Rush the Brush

Mornings are often the busiest time of the day, but even if you find yourself grabbing breakfast to-go, kids can still brush their teeth in the morning. Keep a travel toothbrush in the car or your child’s backpack for those mornings when you just can’t find time to brush at home. Even if they don’t use toothpaste, brushing breakfast away from those pearly whites will still prevent cavities and keep your child’s smile healthy and clean.

Wear your Water

Not only is water the best way to keep kids hydrated, it’s also the best beverage for their teeth. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for children to get enough water while at school. Clipping a water bottle to a backpack, belt loop, or lunchbox can help kids remember to drink enough water throughout the day. Even better, many reusable water bottles come with fun designs and characters on them, which makes drinking healthy much more fun.

Send Healthy Snacks
When kids are at school, they often have access to a variety of foods that mom and dad might not approve of. From sharing cookies with friends, to candy rewards from teachers, to chocolate milk at lunch, the opportunities for delicious, tooth rotting sugar are endless. Giving kids healthy, low-sugar snacks can help lessen the impact of all that sugar and give them another option to combat mid-day tummy rumbles. Try edamame beans, which are low in sugar and high in protein and fiber to keep your children full and alert in class.

This time of year can be equally exciting and frightening, but being prepared with a few quick back to school life hacks like these can help make the transition back to regular life much more enjoyable!

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