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You can support your child’s school attendance record this new school year by helping them achieve excellent oral health. Why does their smile matter when it comes to missing school days? Tooth decay and gum disease account for poor oral health and missed attendance every year. So today, our dentist, Dr. Pedar Didriksen is pleased to share some back to school oral health essentials. Let’s have a look!

— Daily oral hygiene is essential for a healthy smile. As part of your child’s school supplies, give them the tools to succeed. Include a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, a dental flossing method of their choice, an antimicrobial or fluoride oral rinse, and for safety and effectiveness, make sure these products carry the American Dental Association Seal of Approval.

— Another oral health essential is helping your child to maintain a healthy body and energy levels to thrive. By giving their growing bodies, teeth, and gums the nutrients they need to succeed, they will be in good shape, both physically and mentally. By limiting sugary drinks and providing water for healthy hydration throughout the day, and packing lunches with fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy, grains and lean meat, their smiles have a fighting chance throughout the school year.

— To round out your child’s daily oral hygiene care, support healthy smiles with six-month dental checkups and cleanings. Removing tartar and checking for possible dental issues are essential for building healthy smiles. Also, we are happy to provide fluoride treatments or dental sealants if needed.

You can support your child’s school attendance with these smile essentials. If you would like to know more or to schedule an appointment, please call Pedar B. Didriksen DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Ocean Pines, Maryland, at 410-208-2900 today. We are always here for your family’s smiles!