PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 23, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- With the back-to-school season coming into full effect, Dr. James Loye believes it is essential that all parents and students address oral health and how the new school year can impact routine hygiene. Most notably, Loye explains that the sudden change in schedule brought on by the new school year can make it difficult for many children to carry on healthy habits for dental care.
states, "In the summer, parents have more time to spend with their children to make sure their young ones are routinely flossing and brushing. Once school season comes into full swing, it can be difficult to make sure all these dental health needs are being met. As such, it may prove a good idea to think ahead of time and go through a few morning and night routines to make sure that your child is prepared to dedicate enough time to brushing and flossing."
As children move out of summer life, Loye also notes that diets can change immensely, with many healthy meals being changed out for more convenient, less nutritional ones. However, he explains that there are many simple diet changes that are perfect for the back-to-school season that can support dental health. To illustrate, Loye points to a recent article from The Seattle Times that discusses kid-friendly foods that can help prevent cavities.
For example, on the subject of reducing acids, the article suggests, "Saliva neutralizes acids, helping to prevent tooth decay. High-fiber vegetables such as celery and parsley take longer to chew, so they stimulate saliva production. Some foods neutralize acids. Those include pears, apples, yogurt and other dairy."
James Loye responds, "The foods discussed in this Seattle Times article can easily be put in a child's lunch as a trade for a healthier snack. It is also a good idea to make sure that your child remembers to drink water throughout the day, not only is staying hydrated great for preventing bacterial growth in the mouth, but the fluid can also help flush out the teeth on a regular basis."
While these tips may help for those with younger students, Loye notes that those with teenagers and kids heading back to college may face different dental challenges. He explains, "If your child has not had his or her wisdom teeth removed it may be a good time to look into their status now. Wisdom tooth removal can be less stressful if not accompanied by the pressures and time consumption that school adds."
Additionally, James Loye encourages all parents to schedule regular dental checkups for their children before school starts, as some may forget to keep a routine appointment with a hectic school schedule.
is a certified dental professional with nearly 30 years of experience in the industry. Currently working in San Diego, California, he is a member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Dr. Loye is devoted to creating a professional environment in which patients feel welcome while treating all individuals who come into his office with respect and compassion.