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At Smiles by Design in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dr. Zana Alnaqib and her team have found August to be one of the busiest times of the year as families squeeze in dental checkups before the school year begins.

If you missed the August timeline, don’t worry! It’s not too late to build your child (or teen’s) self-image with a dental cleaning as the school year gets underway. After all, a healthy smile goes hand-in-hand with new clothes, haircut, and school supplies to build your child’s confidence for the coming school year.

You might also consider the following tools to help your child succeed during the school year:

— 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.

— The American Dental Association states that toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months. We recommend starting the school year with a new, child or teen-sized ADA approved toothbrush to start things off right!

If your child (or teen) has not had their second dental cleaning yet, we invite you to bring them in before the school year gets packed with school activities that come with a busy fall season.

Our Smiles by Design team in Scottsdale, Arizona can be reached by calling 480-359-2227. Dr. Zana Alnaqib and her staff are excited to help your child or teen reach their goal for a successful 2016/2017 school year!