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Health Tip: Schedule a Back-to-School Dental Exam

👤by Diana Kohnle 0 comments 🕔Friday, September 2nd, 2016

(HealthDay News) --A dental cleaning and exam is an important part of the back-to-school preparation that your child shouldn't miss.

Here's how to make it great, courtesy of the American Dental Association:

Schedule the visit ahead of time, such as before school lets out in the spring, to avoid the late summer rush. Teach kids to brush teeth at least twice per day and floss once, providing age-appropriate guidance and supervision. Make sure you're helping kids age 6 and under. Don't schedule the checkup for a time when your little one is tired and should be napping. For older kids, don't tack it onto the end of a long, exhausting day. If you have more than one child getting a checkup, let your most experienced child go first so the others can watch. Make sure your child has a very light snack (too much can lead to gagging) before the appointment. Remember to brush teeth after eating. Parents, make sure that you don't feel anxious. If your child has questions, encourage him to ask the dentist. If your child is having a hard time, stay calm and work with the dentist to get through it.

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