Schools all across Michigan are back to the grind this month. That means changing our schedules and adjusting to a new routine for the next 9 months! You can find great children’s dental care in Royal Oak MI at North Oaks Dental. We provide family dentistry and an array from services for patients of all ages and dental complications.

At North Oaks Dental, we want to see your children happy and healthy. So we have a few tips for you to follow to keep your children’s teeth healthy and bright. You can start your dental journey with us by calling the office at 248-712-1522 (Royal Oak) 248-963-1969 (New Hudson) . Here are some things you can put into practice right now for your children.

Pack a Healthy Lunch

Our great schools work diligently to provide children with a balanced meal. But with your children no longer at home for the summer, you need to monitor what they are eating at school. Unhealthy snacks like soda, candies, and even too many carbohydrates put people at a higher risk of tooth decay. Even consuming too many fruits high in acidity can damage the enamel on the teeth. However, healthy foods like nuts and dairy can balance the acid levels in the mouth and reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Brush Before School

Between you getting ready for work and your children getting ready for school, time can slip away. There never seems like enough time to get ready in the morning. It’s possible to skip a few steps before you go running out the door. Please remember to encourage your children to brush their teeth before catching the bus or heading off to school. Here are some things you can do:

  • You might set up reminders on your phone or their phones (There are free dental apps that actually walk you through brushing and have timers to make sure your child is brushing for the recommended full two minutes)
  • Write a checklist for your children to follow
  • Write reminders on the mirror in dry-erase for your children

Don’t Skip Out on Dental Visits

If you haven’t scheduled your child’s second dental visit of the year, now is the time to set one up. Here’s a staggering fact: Children in American miss about 51 million hours of school every year because of dental emergencies. Of course, parents will have to skip work to make those visits.

The six month cleanings are extremely important to the health of anyone’s smile, especially for your children. This is the time we clean harmful tartar and plague from the teeth and then place fluoride to reduce the risk of tooth decay. Fluoride even has been proven. During these exams, we also monitor the development of the teeth. We can provide early intervention to promote healthy and straight eruption of permanent teeth. You can save your child a lot of pain and yourself a lot of money by selecting advanced preventive treatments at the dentist.

Get Kids Fitted With Custom Mouthguard

If your child is active in school sports, especially football and hockey, they could benefit from a custom mouthguard and will never obstruct the airway like some generic mouthguards. The custom mouthguard will protect their teeth better than a traditional boil-and-bite mouthguard. And while we normally thing mouthguards as only used for contact sports, the American Dental Association recommends that people use mouthguards for all contact and high intensity sports. This includes sports like basketball, weight lifting, and volleyball.

Schedule an appointment with us today

We’d love to see your children and give them a better smile. A consultation for our traditional braces is totally FREE and you can have $1,000 off of our braces treatment. Give us a call today at 248-712-1522 (Royal Oak) 248-963-1969 (New Hudson) to schedule a visit.