Your children’s dentist knows you’re a little worried about your college-bound kids. What can you possibly do to make sure they don’t destroy their teeth and gums while they’re away at school? Maybe you should call them every night to ask if they’ve brushed their teeth, you think to yourself. Then, of course, you realize that it’s time to let them leave the nest and that nightly calls might not be the best of ideas. Ready for some good news? Your dentist is certainly ready with some simple tips that will help you feel much better (and that will help protect those precious smiles!).

Tip: Replace Your Brush Each Semester (And During Summer)

Your children’s dentist suggests you remind your child to replace his or her toothbrush each semester. Whether you bring your child shopping, send it along when your child packs, offer a reminder, or send one in the mail, this is important! Brushes should be used for only about three to four months before being thrown away!

Tip: Don’t Ignore Increased Coffee Intake

Is your child a coffee drinker? If so, you may want to make the suggestion that he or she remembers to drink water throughout the day to counteract the acidity. Some easy ways to help, explains your children’s dentist, is to purchase a BPA-free reusable bottle your child can tote to class or to pitch in for bottled water!

Tip: Keep Scheduling Their Care

Bring kids in for their preventive dental care when they’re home with you over the summer and during winter break, suggests your children’s dentist, until they’re ready to handle this life detail all on their own!

Keep Smiles Healthy Forever

If you’re not sure about how to keep your child’s smile healthy during college, simply ask us for additional advice during your next visit. Give us a call in Riverside, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.