, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As a new school year begins for students across the nation, many parents may be thinking about school supplies, earlier bedtimes, and homework. But with tooth decay being one of the most common diseases among children, Delta Dental is reminding parents of three key items that shouldn't be overlooked when preparing kids for a healthy and successful school year:
"Eating too much sugar at lunch time, or at any meal throughout the day, is bad for kids' oral and overall health and can leave them feeling sluggish or struggling to focus on school work," said Dr., Delta Dental Plans Association Vice President of Dental Science and Policy. "By making simple changes to school lunches, scheduling regular check-ups with the dentist, and teaching kids the importance of incorporating brushing and flossing into their daily routines, parents can help kids establish and maintain a lifetime of good oral health."
Tooth decay, which is largely preventable, remains one of the most common chronic diseases for children — five times as common as asthma, and seven times as common as hay fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Parents can get their children involved in making sure each of these healthy steps are completed throughout the school year by sharing tips from Delta Dental's Grin! for Kids magazine with them.