Back to school is a great time for braces – and to study up on better oral hygiene for the whole family

Robert Sunstein | La Jolla Orthodontist

Back to school is a great time for kids to get braces -- and to learn the basics of good oral hygiene.

By Robert Sunstein, DDS

It’s that time of year again: school is back in session, and students are gearing up for a new year, new subjects, new teachers and classmates. Incidentally, there’s no better time to get kids started with braces – and to remind them of the most important dental hygiene practices to keep teeth and gums healthy all year long.

As kids head back to school, the United States Government reminds parents to check for and arrange up-to-date vaccines and immunizations to ensure a safe and healthy school year. Nutritious lunches and snacks, physical activity and good homework habits are also encouraged; and along these same lines, fall is an ideal time to start fresh with improved dental care practices – from regular brushing and flossing to more significant alterations via corrective orthodontics. Depending on their orthodontic needs, most children are ready for braces between the ages of 7 and 12; and by getting braces early and maintaining a cooperative attitude, most patients can ensure the minimum duration of treatment – and in some cases, even have their braces removed early.

On a practical note, arranging to begin orthodontic treatment before or around the beginning of the academic school year can also help students avoid the need to miss important classes early on in the term. By scheduling an initial consultation and follow-up treatment appointment at the end of the summer (or at least before homework begins to add up), parents can minimize the schedule disruptions and hassles that so often contribute to delayed appointments and prompt medical care – and get their kids the treatment they need as efficiently and easily as possible.

Prioritize your health with help from San Diego’s Sunny Smile Specialist

October is Orthodontics Awareness Month: and at our La Jolla orthodontics office, we like to start celebrating a little early by encouraging community members of all ages to consider their oral health with the same regularity and attention they give to exercise, diet, flu immunization and other routine (and essential) lifestyle factors. This September, whether you or your children require braces, retainers, or simply a more thorough brushing and flossing regiment, we urge you to take active steps before tests, sports, after school activities and winter holidays begin to fill calendars to the brim. By uniting appropriate orthodontic procedures with improved hygiene, families can keep their mouths and bodies alike healthy and hearty through flu season and beyond. To set up an appointment or learn more about orthodontic treatment, visit us online:

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