Keep your child smil­ing

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE -

YOUR child may have the lat­est wardrobe, school sup­plies and sports equip­ment for the new school year, but do they have a healthy mouth and the tools they will need to main­tain it?

Ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, es­tab­lish­ing and main­tain­ing a good diet and oral hy­giene prac­tices dur­ing child­hood are es­sen­tials if in­di­vid­u­als want to en­joy good oral health through­out life.

That’s why it’s im­por­tant to in­stil good den­tal habits in your chil­dren from a young age – and the best time to do this is be­fore they re­turn to school.

Your child’s back-to-school check­list should in­clude:

Par­ents and teach­ers may not re­alise there’s a den­tal prob­lem, so reg­u­lar check-ups are im­por­tant. Your den­tist may sug­gest flu­o­ride treat­ments or sealants to pre­vent de­cay and can treat den­tal prob­lems to save your child pain and lost school time.

Head for the den­tal care aisle when you’re out shop­ping for note­books, binders and pen­cils. If par­ents buy sev­eral tooth­brushes they could have their child change to a new one every three months or so, or af­ter an ill­ness. If it’s hard to re­mem­ber when to change a brush, you could try to change it every time re­port cards come out.

In­clude por­ta­ble healthy lunch items and snacks in your child’s packed lunch, in­clud­ing grains, milk, cheese, raw veg­eta­bles, yo­ghurt or fruit.

Call the team at My Ma­reeba Den­tist to book your child an ap­point­ment. Let the pro­fes­sional and car­ing team look af­ter your child and en­sure their visit to the den­tist is en­joy­able.

With more than 30 years ex­pe­ri­ence, the lo­cally owned prac­tice of­fers a range of den­tal ser­vices for the whole fam­ily, in a re­laxed and car­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

At My Ma­reeba Den­tist, their aim is to keep you smil­ing.

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