Back to school oral health tips

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Hopefully with an end to lockdown in sight and given that the children will be returning to school, our team at RE:NU are here to offer a timely reminder about how you can help to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

Getting a healthy start and preparing for the day

The first day back at school can be a bit of a shock to the system. All of a sudden, there is a time restriction to get them washed, fed and clothed in order to get them to school on time. In the rush, there are a number of potential pitfalls that can be detrimental to their young teeth. Breakfast can often be a rushed affair, especially if you have a larger family. High sugar cereals might be the order of the day, perhaps with a sugary and acidic fruit juices. These are far from ideal ways for young teeth to start the day, with sugar being a leading cause of tooth decay, and acidic drinks especially harmful to the enamel on children’s teeth.

Try to make time for a more organised and tooth friendly breakfast. Suggestions that are ideal for young children include unsweetened yoghurts, eggs, toast, cheeses and fresh fruit. This gives them a healthier and more dental friendly start to the day.

If you pack their lunch too, try to make sure that it is a healthy option, perhaps with a small treat. Don’t be tempted to give in and provide an unhealthy high sugar lunch for them.

You don’t have to brush all your teeth. Just the ones you want to keep.

— Dr Seuss

Brush at least twice a day!

Getting your children to brush their teeth regularly and correctly can be challenging at the best of times, but especially when it is a mad rush in the morning. This is something that can easily be forgotten, or if done at all, is done very quickly and ineffectively. As parents, we need to organise the mornings so that the children have plenty of time to brush their teeth well. It is also a good idea to supervise them doing this, wherever possible.

Make sure too that no matter how tired they are at night; they give their teeth a good clean and have nothing but water between then and their bedtime.

Too much tooth decay

The fact is that tooth decay is rising amongst children in this country and the most common reason for children to receive hospital treatment is to have teeth extracted. This is distressing to the child and also to the parents. It is also very inconvenient. In addition to the obvious problems caused by having to extract teeth, it also means that they are likely to have to take some time from school. Where this time mounts up, it could potentially have an effect on their educational achievements.

Convenient & Bespoke dental appointments

At Re:Nu Dental, we firmly believe that all children should see a dentist regularly and we will always try to arrange an appointment to minimise missing time at school. Even where this is unavoidable, you should still bring them for their regular check-up, enabling us to monitor their teeth and gums and offer early intervention when needed.

Delaying it could lead to more invasive dental surgery being needed when they finally do come to see us. We know that kids don’t like going to the dentist, but it is important. Our Notting Hill dental team are friendly and have experience of working with children and we will make sure that their visit is as pleasant as it possibly can be.

To summarise; you know that your children will be going back to school soon, so now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can make time for them to have a healthy breakfast and clean their teeth well before they leave the house. Doing this will help them to have better oral health, both now, and into the future.

If you would like to book an appointment for your child or yourself, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at RE:NU

Please call our practice today on +44 (0)2081674185 OR email to arrange an appointment.


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