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At Rice Dentistry of Nellysford in Nellysford, Virginia, Drs. Jennifer and James Rice have found that August is one of the busiest times of the year for a dental office as families squeeze in dental checkups before the busy school year begins. However, September is also a good time to build your child or teen’s confidence and self-image with a dental cleaning and checkup along with their new clothes, haircut, school supplies.

Along with a healthy smile, there are several items to include on your child or teen’s back-to-school list:

— If your child plays sports, a mouth guard to protect their pearly whites during sports, PE classes, and playground time is a wise investment.

— For a healthy smile, pack healthy lunches and snacks. If your child eats the school lunch cafeteria food, sit down with your child each week to review the school lunch menu beforehand and encourage healthy eating choices.

— If you bring your child in for a routine dental cleaning, consider protecting their teeth with fluoride treatments or dental sealants, if needed. Fluoride keeps tooth enamel strong and cavity resistant while sealants form a protective barrier on back teeth to keep out dental plaque.

— According to the ADA, toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months. They also recommend using only products that carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance to ensure that it is both safe and effective. We recommend starting the school year with a new, child-sized ADA approved toothbrush. Toothbrushes are most effective when they are in tip-top condition!

If your child or teen has not had their dental cleaning yet, we invite you to get them in before the school year gets fully underway. You can reach our Rice Dentistry of Nellysford team a call in Nellysford, Virginia at 434-218-7020. Drs. Jennifer and James Rice are happy to help your student achieve smile confidence for a successful school year!