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Back to School Smiles: Planning A Dental Routine for School


Whether the kids in your life are heading back to school in person or virtually, the season means more structure, less free time, and probably some stress, even in a normal year. Maintaining or starting a back to school dental routine can give you back to school smiles with peace of mind and least one less worry on your list.

Dental Care for the Whole Family

Back to school routines and changes aren’t just for kids. Traffic gets heavier, calendars fill up, meeting schedules lose flexibility, and we could all use some cues to make time for taking care of ourselves, including our teeth. 


The most important things you can do to enhance dental care and back to school smiles are to make a plan and find a routine that works for you regardless of what life throws your way. One way or another, your back to school dental routine should include:

  1. Brush and Floss at least twice a day
  2. Schedule your semi-annual cleaning appointment, preferably before school’s back in session
  3. Get a new toothbrush (quarterly refresh is recommended)
  4. Stick with healthy snacks that keep your teeth clean, like crisp veggies and fruits
  5. Bonus: for those with braces, be sure to cut those apples into slices instead of packing a whole piece of fruit in your lunchbox!


But advising a routine and sticking to it can be easier said than done, especially when nothing is quite normal. There are pros and cons of both virtual and in-person school when it comes to dental care. Below are some things to keep in mind when mapping out your dental care plan for the start of school.

Back to School Dental Care: E-Learning and Work from Home



  • Parental supervision
  • It’s easier to maintain a regular schedule of brushing and flossing teeth after every meal
  • It may be easier to sneak in regular dental appointments without missing class
  • No bartering away the healthy snacks for the sweet stuff



  • More stress of adapting to a new way of learning (and sometimes teaching, with parents filling in gaps)
  • Potential for extra trips to the pantry or fridge for snacks you might otherwise avoid
  • Less overall supervision if both parents are working
  • Feeling of a time warp making you forget to toss your old toothbrush for a new one

Back to School Dental: Return to the Classroom


  • Known schedule facilitates making and keeping dental appointments
  • Structured supervision by teachers and administrators instead of distracted parents
  • Familiar environment and social interaction reduces stress
  • Less time to snack mindlessly (and harder to sneak a bite when you’re wearing a mask)



  • Stress of health risks and extra safety precautions
  • More constraints on time to make/keep your dental appointments
  • Can be tricky to brush and floss after lunch
  • Peer pressure to ditch the apple in favor of candy

Sticking to Your Plan for Back to School Dental Care

Whatever you’re dealing with, you and your kids will have a much easier time taking good care of your teeth if you think it through, have a plan and stick to your routine. And when you do, we know that also means we’ll see you soon with big back to school smiles on your faces. 

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Jodi Osborn
Jodi Osborn
May 17, 2022.

I have been seeing Dr. Patel since he was in Orland/Palos when I was a teenager. I continued to see him at his practice in Romeoville after he moved. I have never had any issues with him as my dentist and feel adequately cared for. My husband and children also come to this practice.

The dental hygienist that does our cleanings, Lou, is a gem. My children also sometimes see Dr. Nina and we love her. When you call in or check out, Leslie is friendly and pleasant.

Alva Harrington
Alva Harrington
May 13, 2022.

Very friendly staff!! Appointment time on point, everyone was so professional i usually ask a lot of questions and they gave me answers. I will be going back.

Trent Akre
Trent Akre
May 13, 2022.

I had a great time, they treat me like family. Only dentist I have ever been to my whole life, 10/10 recommended.

WIlliam Bean
WIlliam Bean
May 12, 2022.

I always have a great time when I'm here. The staff here is nothing short of amazing!

Jose Chapa (Chapastick)
Jose Chapa (Chapastick)
May 7, 2022.

Best dental office ever. Last minute cleanings, emergency tooth extractions, (MOM), Same day crowns (90 mins). Friendliest staff ever(Leslie). Please forgive me for not knowing the DDS names, Both Female Dentists, EXCEPTIONAL! I travel for a living, so not just a random statement. One of the best dental offices in the USA. Lucky we have world class dentistry right here in Romeoville. Highest possible recommendation for any and all of your dental needs. Thank you and Happy New Year!

Went in for another dental cleaning. Exceptional is normal here. Entire staff make you feel at home and part of the family. Thank you for providing such exceptional and wonderful service. Highest possible recommendation!!!

Kim Bishop
Kim Bishop
May 6, 2022.

Staff is amazing. Very kind, thorough, professional and timely. Great family dental practice!