It’s that time of the year again! Summer’s over and school is back in session, which means it’s also time for teeth cleanings! And that’s not all — our professionals rounded up a few more tips to help your kids have a healthy school year.

Stay on a routine

Even if your kids say they are staying up for homework, don’t allow them to skip any critical bedtime chores like brushing their teeth. The temptation will occur and they’ll want to do this every night.

Supervise them to make sure that they are brushing for 2 minutes, twice a day!

Say no to sugary drinks and snacks

It’s common for kids to fall short of their good deeds over the summer, but don’t let that persist over the year. They’re allowed to have a few sugary drinks every now and again, but not every night — especially before they go to bed. How long food remains in the mouth also plays a role. For example, hard candy and breath mints stay in the mouth for a long time, which cause longer acid attacks on tooth enamel. If your child must snack, choose nutritious foods such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cheese, which are healthier and better for children’s teeth.

Read more: 4 Foods That Are As Bad As Candy

Don’t forget to schedule your dental visit

Some schools require a back-to-school dental visit so don’t forget to schedule a checkup. As an award winner for the Best Pediatric Dental Practice 2018, Pediatric Dentistry is all set with our highly trained child-friendly staff to treat young ones with care. You can schedule an appointment with Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County by visiting their page for more information.