Children’s Dental Health: 5 Tips for Better Back-to-School Dental Health

children's dental healthA new wardrobe and school supplies are often on your child’s back-to-school checklist, however, a dental checkup is often overlooked. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 out of every 5 children aged 5-11 years old has at least one untreated decayed tooth. When left untreated, a decayed tooth can lead to problems with everyday activities such as speaking and eating. To ensure your children’s dental health is free of decay, follow these five tips. 

Teach Proper Oral Hygiene 

According to the CDC, tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions for children and the importance of pediatric dentistry is often overlooked. Unfortunately, tooth decay often goes unnoticed by parents until it’s creating pain and discomfort. Summer schedules – or lack of – can disrupt your normal morning routine, so make sure that your child understands the importance of proper children’s dentistry and brushes twice a day and floss’s.  

Schedule a Dental Exam

Adding a pediatric dentistry exam to your back-to-school checklist is a great way to ensure that your child has a happy and healthy smile to start off the school year. Having regular dental appointments is the best way to protect your child by having any and all dental problems diagnosed, treated, or prevented. 

Consult an Orthodontist

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children should be examined by an Orthodontist by age 7. Early signs of orthodontic problems such as trouble chewing/biting, mouth breathing, teeth grinding, and crowded/misplaced teeth are all problems that could be examined by an orthodontist as well as setting a treatment plan in motion. 

Replace Your Child’s Toothbrush

It’s critical to replace your child’s toothbrush every few months. When a toothbrush has frayed bristles, it becomes much less effective at removing plaque from the teeth and gum lines. This can later lead to issues with your children’s dental health, like tooth decay or gum disease. 

Pack Healthy Snacks

Adding healthy snacks to your child’s lunchbox this school year will also help promote healthy oral care. Foods like vegetables, fruit, milk, and cheese and much healthier options – for your body and your teeth – than a soda or candy. 

If you have any family dentistry concerns, please contact Temple Family Dentistry. 


Temple Family Dentistry is a private dentistry practice that has been servicing the Temple, PA community for several decades. We pride ourselves on making our patients feel at home in our dentist’s office from the moment they walk through our doors. Dr. Dan and his team provide much more than basic dental care. In addition to your bi-annual cleanings, we also offer extractions, root canals, dental implants, dentures, and more, based on your individualized treatment plan. You will never feel like a number here, and we are happy to take the time needed to answer your questions and ensure your satisfaction. For your convenience, we offer flexible hours and accept same-day appointments for dental emergencies.