Brace Yourselves!

We all have been there, you’re at school, and your braces start causing you problems! We wanted to share some tips and items that we feel are braces essentials that can easily fit in your locker or backpack!

  • Extra Elastics/rubber bands
    • During the school day, you might take your elastics off to eat and accidentally throw them away, sometimes they break; there are a million reasons you might need to change your elastics unexpectedly during the day. Having an extra pack with you helps you stay on track with your ortho plan!
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
    • It’s always a great idea to carry one of these with you when you have braces! They help give you that fresh breath and clear any evidence left behind from lunch!
  • Ibuprofen
    • We all know that sometimes braces are just uncomfortable! It’s always a good idea to have some medicine around to help take care of any discomfort. As always, discuss any concerns with your parents.
  • Extra Wax
    • Every once in a while, your braces start irritating your mouth during the day. Next time you visit your orthodontist ask them about getting an extra pack. Having extra wax in your locker/bag is a great way to avoid that!
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  • Soft snacks
    • Sometimes lunches at school are just impossible to eat with your braces so it’s still smart to have a few snack items in your locker/bag that you can eat just in case the lunch tray is filled with non-brace friendly food.
  • Sports mouthguard
    • In PE and sports, a mouthguard can be a great thing to have to keep everything feeling secure and in-line!

 

High school can already be hard enough some times, and braces should never get in the way of you having fun and getting involved! With these braces tips, you’ll be able to tackle anything that comes your way this school year!

As always, feel free to call us anytime with any questions or concerns at 801-747-8015.

Back to School!

It’s that time of year again! Summer is coming to an end, and the excitement of the upcoming school year has kicked in. We can’t avoid it even if we tried, and it is everywhere. This time of year you can go into almost any store and see notebooks, pencils, folders, backpacks, and many other necessities for school lining the aisles.

It is an exciting time for us as well. August is one of our most enjoyable months as we begin our Early Childhood Prevention Program. Each year we go into Elementary schools, daycare facilities, and other centers which care for education and well being of our children. Through this program, we can educate youngsters on their oral health and how to have healthy teeth and gums.

One way we support setting up young children for success is by making life a bit easier for parents! Every August, for one month, only we offer a back to school promotion, $49 Dental Cleanings and Check-Up! In addition to our back to school promotion. We also provide a variety of scheduling options, which include morning, day, evening, and Saturday appointments.

Education is vital in every child’s life, and we love doing our part in ensuring that this upcoming school year is the best one yet!

You might be asking yourself, why does it matter? Have you ever thought about the correlation between oral health and school performance?

“Scientists from the Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California came to this conclusion after examining nearly 1,500 socioeconomically disadvantaged elementary and high school children in the Los Angeles Unified School District and matching their oral health status to academic achievement and attendance records.” (Colgate; Poor oral health can mean missed school, low grades;2019) 

It is as simple as when kids need to go to the dentist frequently; they are missing school. If your child is regularly experiencing oral pain, focusing, and paying attention to the teacher can take a back seat to the pain that they are feeling.

For some families, dental care can fall second to other necessities. The Center of Dental Professionals aims to make dental care available for all children and families. The current promotion that we have going on is open to children from kindergarten to senior year. We want every child to be successful and make this school year the best one yet!

Call in at (801)747-8018 or stop by either of our offices and get your appointment booked!

3 Quick Tips To Adjust Going Back To School

Adjusting to Back to School

For most of our kids, the school year has already begun or beginning along with the complications of adjusting to the new school year. We are probably there with them as we too embark on this adjustment as they enter the new school year. With new schedules and activities, we can sometimes find ourselves overwhelmed and hard to cope with the change of pace. It’s not always easy at first, but it’s better to find helpful tips on how to be in rhythm with the new change of pace the school year brings.

Learn about some tips on how to align your pace with your kid’s speed of going back to school. It’s just a matter of figuring out a balance and system you can follow that will allow you and your child to complete your tasks and responsibilities.

#1 Plan Ahead

What do we mean by plan ahead of time? As a parent, we have work responsibilities along with family responsibilities we have to care for and make time for and one way of doing so by planning. When our children enter the school year, we can already have a planned support system. A support system can be a group of people you can count on when you need someone to pick up your child from school, need someone to babysit your child, or to help your care for your child. Planning can help you in achieving what you need to do in the day not to mention it allows you and your children to fall into a routine they can follow that will enable them to succeed in their school work and their own life.

#2 Create Routines

In a sense, this is like planning because you are creating schedules, but it’s more of a habit you’re developing. When routines become a good habit, then you become accustomed to it. Routines are perfect to get into a rhythm with when your children are about to start school or started the first week since it allows them to get their school activities and homework out of the way. It makes time to work on their schooling and make time with their family and friends where they’re more free time to play. There is more time to do more than there is when we’re scattered through the day.

#3 Acknowledge It Can Be Different And Ease Into It

When our children transition from one grade level to another or a new school, the change can be different and hard to grasp at first. We’ve all been there at some point, and sometimes it can be a bit discouraging, but we need to acknowledge there will be change and we need to ease into it. The first week of school is the first step of adjustment as your children ease into their new classes, teachers, and peers and for you, as a parent, to adjust to their schedules and yours. You might be having multiple schedules happening at the same time which is understandable, but it’s also the perfect time to ease into the agendas and see what you can tackle on own your own and who you might need to call upon if you need assistance.

The first week or two can be a challenge as your children start the new academic year. However, there is room to adjust and plan for the new change of pace as you figure out how to incorporate your schedule with your child’s schedule. When the school year starts, what are some of the ways you adjust, tell us in the comments below?  

 

Preparing for Back-to-School: Healthy Teeth, Healthy Smile

healthy smile and teeth

School is almost rounding the corner which means the daily rushes of taking your kid to school and after school activities will soon begin. Among all the rush, the beginning of a next academic year is the perfect time to start planning and preparing for your child’s eating habits and how to maintain a healthy mouth all year.

As we prepare for the new school year with stocking up on school supplies, getting clothes and rearranging schedules, we recommend making time to book an appointment with the dentist before they begin school. It’s convenient and helps avoid missing school. So what can you do before your child starts this school year?

Make a Dentist Appointment

Before the school year starts, visit the dentist for a routine check-up. It doesn’t hurt to get an annual check-up to prevent other dental problems in the future and to reassure yourself your child’s teeth are healthy and developing properly. When you visit the dentist, it is the opportunity to ask them about preventative methods to help your child maintain a healthy smile. Some of the things you might want to ask them are:

  • Sealants – what are they and if they’re recommended for your child.
  • Cleaning – does your child need a cleaning today
  • Dental problems – if your child has been diagnosed with a dental issue, what are your options for treatment and how long will treatment be.
  • Mouthguards – if your kid is playing a sport this year, ask your dentist whether the mouthguard you have for your child will provide the protection they need.

Stock Up on Healthy Snacks

Snacks are useful not only in the house but when you are on the go. Sometimes we give our children snacks before they’re off to school so they can have something after their meal. But before you start buying snacks, reading the label and ingredients will help you see which snacks are better for your child and which contain less sugar. Too much intake of sugar can damage your teeth especially if they stay in the mouth longer than expected particularly between the teeth. Healthy snacks can be a filler but also provide nutrient and energy for the day.

Good Oral Hygiene

Oral habits are a significant factor in our child’s teeth! By establishing good oral habits at a young age and continuing to encourage such behavior can keep your children motivated to maintain a healthy habit of cleaning their teeth. Oral hygiene is a big one, and one of the ways we can encourage our children is by showing them how to brush and floss, of course, this works best with smaller children. Teach them to brush their teeth twice daily and how to floss gently every day.      

Avoid having to take your kid out of school for a dentist appointment and giving them snacks that’s decline their energy levels. Start this next academic year by visiting your dentist and preparing for the busy year.  If you need to book an appointment with a dentist, at A Kid’s Place Dentistry, our family dentists are great at caring for the oral health of children. Schedule an appointment with our family dentist by filling out the form here.