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A new school year is just around the corner! That means your kids are going off on their own for most of the day, and they’ll have a lot on their mind that might lead to them neglecting their oral care.
We all know it’s important to brush after lunch, but some kids may not feel very confident about carrying around a full-sized toothbrush and toothpaste. Here are some cool “school-sized” dental and oral health supplies that have a thumbs up from your Overland Park dentist. They’re small enough that you can pack them in a bag or literally fit them in a pocket. Just make sure that you look out for the ADA Seal of Acceptance to ensure that you’re getting the best products for your kids’ oral health.•
• Travel Toothpaste – Just about every pharmacy or grocery store has a travel section where you can get tubes of toothpaste ranging from 0.6 to 0.85 oz. But did you know that you can also get 0.28-oz single-use toothpaste packets? Your child can simply throw away the empty packet after brushing.
• Dental Floss – Those same stores also carry mini floss dispensers no bigger than your thumb. They fit easily into a purse, bag, or even a pocket. If those are still too big, you can also get super-small single-use packets or very discreet individual flossers, which you can toss into any purse or wallet!
• Toothbrush – Face it, sometimes your kid just really needs to brush. Fortunately, most places also sell mini travel toothbrushes that are as small as 4.5 inches. They’ll easily fit in a pocket, bag, backpack, lunch bag, or wherever. Pack these little brushes with your kids’ lunches, and they’ll be less likely to forget to brush after eating!
• Mouthwash – Garlic a bit too much during a school lunch? You can pick up 1-oz alcohol-free travel-size mouthwash in plastic bottles. You’ll also find breath-freshening strips and breath sprays that come in pump bottles the size of lip balm or lipstick. Before stashing one of these in your child’s backpack, however, you may want to make sure that your child’s school allows these types of products.
• Other Oral Care Items – From lip balm to retainer cases to an ADA-approved pack of sugarless gum, just about everything your child needs for good dental care can be found in an easy-to-pack size at most drug stores.
Looking for other ways to help your children stick with good dental habits and maintain their healthy smiles during the school year? Try packing along healthy lunches and snacks. Your Overland Park dentist can’t overstate the importance of a good diet on dental (and overall) health, so be sure to send your kids to school with foods featuring whole grains, cheese, raw vegetables, yogurt, or fruit.
It’s also a good idea to schedule an appointment for your child at your Overland Park dentist. The beginning of a new school year is a great time for cleanings and check-ups. Call Watts Family Dental at (913) 338-3384 to schedule an appointment today!