Healthy Back to School Routine

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While preparing your child’s back-to-school shopping list, don’t forget to include a visit to your favorite dentist in Arcadia, Dr. Omid Farahmand. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, more than 50 percent of children will be affected by tooth decay before age 5. You can prevent tooth decay by following the following oral hygiene tips

Create a Dental Routine

It’s important to establish a daily oral hygiene routine for your young ones. Create a habitual routine that includes brushing and flossing in the morning and right before bed. Dentists recommend spending two minutes on tooth brushing. Feel free to turn on a song or sing to make the time pass faster! Establishing a daily routine will help children develop good oral health habits that will last a lifetime.

Make It Fun

Allowing your children the freedom to pick out their toothbrush color or design can make brushing their teeth more enjoyable. Often times kids thrive on a sense of self-identity and ownership. By letting them pick out a light up toothbrush or strawberry flavored toothpaste, you can get them excited about healthy brushing habits.

Pack Teeth-Friendly Lunches

When you’re in a rush, grabbing prepackaged snacks filled with sugar and preservatives is convenient. Remember, the sugar in such foods will react with bacteria in the mouth and create an acid that sits on their teeth for the rest of the day. Hence, trade prepackaged foods for fresh foods, including those that are high in proteins, fibers, and whole grains.

Schedule Routine Check-Ups in Advance

Keeping up with oral health can prevent a variety of long-term health consequences and a lot of pain. It’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist prior to the start of the school year so that dental issues don’t go undetected. Such undetected issues can result in halitosis (bad breath), cavities, gum disease, decayed teeth, and teeth loss. A check-up allows the dentist to examine gums, remove plaque and tartar, whiten teeth, and reinforce good hygiene.

For further information or to schedule a back to school appointment with Dr. Farahmand, DMD, please contact OF Dental Care at 626.254.1948 or visit to learn more

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