It can be hard to get back into a term time routine after the long summer holidays. Some parents can’t wait to get back into regular habits – early bedtimes and getting up times and stricter rules on what and when to eat and drink. The rest of us find it just as hard as their children to switch back to ‘normal’ life when the time comes. One of many routines that may unfortunately have gone by the board in holiday time is effective teeth brushing. A combination of being away from home, a more relaxed approach to going to bed and getting up and eating different foods at different times from usual, may mean that teeth have been neglected. The start of the new school year is an excellent time to set ourselves a few mini ‘New Year’ resolutions. Here are five for teeth to start you off.
- First and most importantly, make sure everyone is brushing their teeth twice a day, for two minutes, using a fluoride toothpaste. This should be once last thing at night and at one other time during the day.
- Avoid snacking between meals, particularly on sugary food. Remember to choose sugar free gum over the sweet stuff. When hunger strikes, stick to things like bread sticks or plain rice cakes.
- Drink water rather than fizzy or sugary pop and squash (even the ‘no added sugar’ variety. As well as many other health benefits, water is definitely the best drink for your teeth, especially after eating. It helps wash away bits of food that might have stuck to your teeth as well as the acids that cause decay.
- Make a conscious effort to eat things that are good for your mouth health – like leafy green vegetables and cheese.
- Make sure you and your family, school age or not, have regular dental check ups to make sure your mouth, teeth and gums stay healthy.