Bright Smiles For Back-To-School

Back-to-school season brims with excitement as students of all ages prepare for another academic year filled with new learning and opportunities. While new books, bags, and uniforms often top the checklist, one vital component that often slips under the radar is dental care. As we know, maintaining bright smiles is not just significant for oral health, but it is a cornerstone for overall well-being too. In this blog, we will delve into dental care tips tailored to different age groups – from preschoolers to college students – ensuring that everyone carries a gleaming smile throughout the school year.


Bright Smiles for Pre-School (Ages 3-5)

At this tender age, the foundation of good oral hygiene must be laid. Teaching preschoolers to brush their teeth twice a day using a fun soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste is the first step towards developing this essential habit. However, children at this age may not fully grasp the techniques of brushing; hence, parents should supervise their child’s brushing routine until they are capable of doing it independently.

Just as we limit candies and sweets to maintain their general health, reducing sugary snacks and drinks also contributes significantly to their oral care. The limitation of sugar intake can aid in promoting healthy teeth and gums, saving their innocent smiles from cavities.

Lastly, the child’s first dental cleaning or oral exam should ideally be scheduled around the age of three. This step is crucial to detect any early signs of dental issues, ensuring the child establishes a positive relationship with their dentist from the start.

Young Children and Oral Care (Ages 6-12)

As children grow older, the importance of a consistent oral care routine cannot be overstated. Reinforcing the habit of brushing twice a day and flossing once daily keeps their smile bright and healthy. Parents can make this task fun by introducing child-friendly dental products that can make oral care engaging.

Nutrition also plays a pivotal role in maintaining oral health. Packing tooth-friendly lunches with fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains not only nurtures their overall health but also contributes to dental wellness.

Regular dental checkups every six months are highly recommended and essential at this age. These visits allow dentists to monitor the child’s dental development and promptly address any concerns. If your child is active in sports, considering a custom-fit mouthguard can provide necessary protection to their teeth from potential injuries.

Teenagers and Dental Responsibility (Ages 13-18)

For teenagers, who are often conscious about their appearance, emphasizing the importance of oral hygiene can help maintain their bright smiles, fresh breath and boost their confidence.

Orthodontic needs frequently arise during this period. Regular consultation with a dentist or orthodontist can ensure timely correction of any misalignment issues with braces or other suitable treatments.

While teenagers enjoy their freedom, they should be cautioned about the harmful effects of sugary beverages like energy drinks and sodas, which can erode tooth enamel. Additionally, educating them about the detrimental effects of smoking (of any kind) on oral health can prevent bad breath, stained teeth, and an increased risk of gum disease.

College Students and Oral Health Maintenance

As college students step into a new phase of life amidst the flurry of assignments and lifestyle changes, oral health should not take a backseat. Regular oral care routines should continue without fail.

Mindful snacking is another essential aspect. While late-night studying or group study sessions may result in frequent snacking, opting for healthier options over sugary or acidic foods that can lead to cavities is crucial.

Stress-induced teeth grinding is common among college students. They should be aware of this and consider using a nightguard to protect their teeth. Excessive alcohol consumption and tobacco use are another concern for this age group, both of which can significantly harm oral health.


In conclusion, irrespective of age, back-to-school season is an excellent time to reinforce the importance of oral health. By adhering to these dental care tips tailored for each age group, parents, guardians, and students themselves can ensure bright smiles that last beyond just the school year. Remember, a radiant smile is a ticket to a successful academic journey and overall wellness. So, let’s pledge to put oral hygiene at the forefront this academic year. After all, every beautiful smile begins with a step toward diligent dental care.


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Simrit has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She started her career with Assisting/Treatment co-ordinating and then moved on to becoming the Hygiene Co Ordinator in 2005. In 2012 she took on a new role as the Marketing Director. Though she loved being the Marketing Director, in 2015 she became the Office Manager of Torbram Dental. She completed her Level 1 Dental Assisting program with Career Canada in 1996 and then went on to complete her Level II Dental Assisting Diploma with Southwestern Medix in 1999. That is when she received NDAEB Certification. Simrit has been and still is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association since 2000. She enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband and two kids and loves to explore new restaurants, especially high-tea venues.

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Jessica, one of our receptionists, is one of the smiling faces you see when you arrive at the office. She graduated with honours from Medix College with a diploma as a Level 2 Dental Assistant. When she is not happily helping our patients, Jessica enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, going to church on Sunday mornings, gardening and going on hikes.

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Naudia has been working at Torbram Dental for many years and is a valued member of our administrative team: as a dental receptionist and in our marketing team . She graduated from Everest College with honours level 1 and 2, with a diploma in Dental Assisting. Naudia is always there for our patients, making sure that they receive the care and attention they deserve. When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and indulging in civil court TV shows.

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Ramandeep has been a part of Torbram Dental for the past 10 years as certified dental assistant. She obtained her level 1 certification from Everest college in Brampton in 2013, and then her level 2 certification in 2014 from Medix college. Her career path through the clinic has been recognized by staff at all levels who admire her work ethic and dedication to million dollar smiles. In her spare time, Ramandeep enjoys cooking and gardening, and spending time with her husband and 2 kids.

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Sana is a valued member of our dental hygiene team. In 2008 she completed her education at George Brown in Dental Assisting and in 2016 she earned her diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Sciences. Sana has been working in dentistry since 2008 and enjoys taking care of our patients and helping them with their oral health. She is married and is busy with her 2 young children. In her spare time, Sana enjoys going out with the family, trying out new places to eat and is looking forward to travelling with them in the future.

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Sanaria has been working at Torbram Dental for many years as a valued member of our Dental Assisting Team. She completed her level 2 dental assisting certification and previously obtained a degree in Education and worked as a quality control officer in the pharmaceutical industry. When not at work Sanaria loves to bake and cook. She also loves story time and enjoying the outdoors with her children. She always sees the positive side of life, believes that nothing is impossible and that if you set a goal and work at it, that you will make your dreams come true.

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Carrie has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She graduated from George Brown College in 1998 with a Dental Assistant Diploma and continued to further her education by completing a Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2001 at Durham College. Carrie is a highly trained and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist who continues to learn and grow by updating her knowledge to provide her clients with the best Oral Health Care techniques and information. Carrie is passionate about Dentistry and is known for her gentle and compassionate manner. She feels strongly about building lasting relationships and trust with her clients to help them understand that good Oral Health leads to good Overall Health. Carrie enjoys travelling, dabbling in decorating and a good Netflix series in her time off. Carrie resides in Halton Hills with her husband and two children.

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Daniela's interest in Dentistry began in Gr.6 when she wrote a speech entitled "My Life as a Toothbrush".
A Registered Dental Hygienist with 22 years of clinical experience, Daniela still has a great passion for her career. The most rewarding aspect for her is building lasting relationships with her patients, and seeing them through to a healthier smile.
Her thorough yet gentle touch will ensure a comfortable visit every time.
Daniela is a total Foodie and loves to cook and enjoys all types of cuisines. She loves Florida, Cruises, organizing things, and most of all spending time with family and friends.

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Stephanie Enjoys getting to know all new patients at Torbram Dental and catching up with long standing Patients. Stephanie enjoys spending quality time with her family. One of her favorite things to do with her daughter is teach and play the piano. Stephanie likes going on walks with her husband and enjoys spending as much time with him as he is an Active Member of the Canadian Army. On Sundays, Stephanie enjoys going to Church and looks forward to Sunday Dinner with her entire family. Stephanie's Favorite thing to do to start her day right is head to her local Starbucks and Grab her favorite drink, an iced black tea with light lemonade on warm days and a blonde vanilla latte on those cold winter days.

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As a dedicated Dental Hygienist at Torbram Dental, Aalisha brings recent knowledge and experience to ensure the best oral health for our patients. She holds a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries and has further enriched her education with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo. Beyond her professional qualifications, Aalisha has a zest for life that extends beyond the dental chair. She cherishes quality time with family and friends, thrives on outdoor adventures, and has a passion for hiking and water-based activities, especially during the sunny summer days. She is an avid traveler, exploring tropical paradises and historic destinations while immersing herself in diverse cultures and indulging in delicious culinary experiences."

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Supreet was born and raised in Punjab, India and came to Canada in 2016. She graduated from Sheridan College as an Environmental Lab Technician but later decided to change her career to dentistry. She completed her Level I and II Intra-Oral Dental Assisting course from George Brown College and graduated in 2023. In July 2023, Supreet joined the team at Torbram Dental where she enjoys working. In her free time, she loves to read books.

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