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5 Items to Keep in Your Backpack
It’s back-to-school time again! If your kids have braces, not only should they back their pencils, and notebooks, but they should also pack essentials orthodontic tools that will keep their smile strong and healthy while they’re away from home.

Below are five orthodontic items you should consider packing in your child’s backpack.

Orthodontic Essentials to Pack in your Child’s Backpack:
1. Back-to-School Braces Kit
You can use a zippered back to pack all your child’s essential orthodontic tools they’ll need to care for their braces.

Fluoride toothpaste and toothbrush: Just because your child is in school doesn’t mean they can’t maintain their brushing routine. By packing a back-to-school braces kit, your child can brush their teeth after they’ve eaten lunch and even after their planned after-school activities if needed.

Dental floss, proxy brushes, and floss threaders: It’s always a good idea for your child to have floss on hand in case they get food stuck in their braces.

Extra elastics: For those children who use rubber bands, it’s always ideal to have some extras on hand.

Orthodontic wax: If a wire should break and poke into your child’s cheek, wax makes the perfect temporary fix. It can help ease any pain until you can bring them into the orthodontist’s office after school.

OTC pain relievers: If your child had their braces put on or their wires tightened, it could cause their teeth to be a little sore and sensitive. Being able to take a couple of pain relievers can help soothe your child’s pain so they can focus on their studies.

Fruit to Avoid: Any fruit that requires a child to bite into the whole piece of fruit should be avoided. This would include fruits such as whole pears and apples. Fruits with stringy textures such as pineapple, orange, and grapefruit, even if sliced, can present a problem if the fruit remnants wrap around orthodontic components. If these are some of your child’s favorites, consider packing a (no-sugar) canned version, as they’re usually less stringy than their fresh counterparts. Fruits that contain small seeds (eg. strawberries) are also not a good option.

2. Mouthguard
If your child plays sports or participates in other types of physical activities at school, we recommend you to buy a mouthguard for them to wear to protect their gums and teeth. It will help safeguard them against deep cuts and an impact on their mouth.

3. Water
A bottle of water is an important orthodontic tool to pack in your child’s backpack. Staying well-hydrated is essential for good health. Not to mention, drinking water will help promote saliva flow. This is important because saliva helps break down foods and will help keep your child’s mouth clean in-between brushing.

4. Mirror
Another important orthodontic item to keep in your child’s backpack is a small mirror. This will allow them to see if there is anything stuck in their teeth or wire braces if they can’t get to a bathroom.

5. Chapstick
New elastics or newly applied braces could cause irritated or chapped lips. Pack your child’s favorite lip balm in their backpack and tell them to apply it liberally to keep their lips hydrated at school during the day.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential whether your kids have wire braces or Invisalign braces. Having some helpful orthodontic tools packed in their backpack will contribute to the success of their treatment. Having a nice smile is a gift, so you’ll want to ensure your child is taking care of their mouth, teeth, and braces, even at school.

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