It is that time again for kids and parents throughout Australia – going back to school. While this can be a wonderful time for kids, it can also be stressful for students who recently got braces.
In addition to wondering what other students might think or say about them, students returning to school with braces also have to make changes to their daily routine. These changes may seem ordinary and controllable when a youngster is at home, but they can be overwhelming at school, particularly during the first few days back.
So, before you send your child back to school with their braces, take a quick look at EK Dental Surgery’s list of helpful tips for children with braces.
Tips to Help!
Brush before school.
It is essential that your child brush their teeth before school. With the hectic schedules of parents and kids alike, it’s not uncommon for a child to eat breakfast in the car, on the bus or at school. However, that doesn’t give a teeth-brushing pass. At home is the last place you have complete control, so make sure that brushing gets done!
Bring a braces care kit.
Keeping braces and teeth clean is priority number one for your dental health, so your child should have a braces care kit on hand at school. A toothbrush and toothpaste are the bare minimum your child should carry. Your child should brush their teeth after lunch or any snack to remove residual crumbs and food from their teeth. Floss, threaders and flossing picks are also good choices for your child’s pack. Flossing gets out plaque and extra food stuck in between teeth and lowers the chance of cavities developing. You may also want to consider dental wax and even a safe, over-the-counter pain medicine in case of recently adjusted braces.
Your child should avoid foods that are hard, sticky, gooey or extremely crunchy. If you’re afraid that your provided school lunch won’t have enough options, pack a lunch for your child instead. Soft, healthy foods like bananas, apple sauce, yoghurt and string cheese are all excellent choices. Cut sandwiches and fruit into small, bite-sized chunks to make chewing easier and to get less food stuck in your braces.
Pro tip: If you’re worried about getting food stuck in your braces while eating, when you’re done with lunch flip your phone into selfie mode and take a quick look.
If you have clear aligners, fill an extra cup with water and soak your trays while you eat – just make sure you don’t toss that cup out when you’re done!
Use the lip balm to keep soft lips.
Children should know that braces can make their lips dry, because they reduce the production of saliva. If your
children’s lips are dry and irritated, they should use a lip balm to make them soft and reduce irritation.
For dental health, general health, and braces, children need to hydrate. Hydration is not only important for health but it will help flush away food particles from the surface of the braces leaving them clean.
Get a mouthguard if your child plays sport.
The mouthguard your child wore last year is not going to work now that they have braces. It’s time to get a new one, especially if the sport requires the custom-made moulded kind. Any sport that might cause injury to the mouth should require their players to wear a mouth guard. This could be football, soccer, rugby, lacrosse, etc. If you suspect that your teen is going to need a mouthguard at all, have one on hand and ready to be moulded, so there is no worry about being able to play. If you need a new mouthguard, EK Dental Surgery can help!
Ease The Psychological Burden
Your child might feel different from their classmates because they are wearing braces, but the fact is that many of their friends are probably wearing them, too. Emphasize not feeling embarrassed about smiling or laughing. Very few people are even going to notice, or care, that they are wearing braces.
Today’s braces are much thinner and more discreet than the brackets used even as little as ten years ago. Encourage your child be outgoing and not let their braces hold them back! The day will come, soon enough, when they will smile or laugh with beautiful, straightened teeth.
The friendly staff at EK Dental Surgery is committed to giving your child the best possible experience while in braces. We make your convenience our priority. Call us or complete a contact form to schedule your consultation today!
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