You’ve likely had a long list of things to do before your kids started school, but was visiting their dentist on there? While some kids don’t like going to the dentist, many dentists for children try to make the visit a fun experience for them. The dentist should be a regular part of your children’s lives as they grow and get their adult teeth in. Your child should get a regular dental checkup for back-to-school, but why?
To Prevent Common Problems
Tooth decay is actually fairly common among young children, and the sugary snacks that are marketed to them aren’t any help. Your child’s dentist can tell if there are any signs of tooth decay and recommend healthy practices to you and your child. While brushing and flossing are important and should be routine for your child, eating sugary snacks frequently is unfortunately something that happens without much thought. These simple sugars create an ideal environment for bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and plaque buildup. Keep healthy and filling snacks around such as celery, apples, and carrots for your child, whether at sports practice or at home. Your dentist can ensure there’s no tooth decay during the back-to-school visit, and if so, get started on treating it to prevent further damage.
The dentist can give your child a proper cleaning after a summer of indulging in sugary treats! This is important to not only get all those tiny spaces cleaned of plaque buildup, but also to get your child ready for the school routine. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day should be an integral part of your child’s routine with getting ready for school. Your dentist can also determine problems during the cleaning—certain areas where there may be more plaque buildup than others, or maybe your child needs to pay attention to a certain area of his or her mouth when brushing. This proper cleaning and exam by your dentist will help your child start the school year off right with a healthy smile!
Get an Exam
Your dentist is trained to look at the development of your child’s mouth to ensure all is well. Your child’s jaw will develop until they are in their latter teenage years, so proper jaw development is important. Your dentist can also determine if your child has a proper bite. An improper bite can cause improper chewing, teeth grinding, and could even lead to sensitive or painful teeth due to exposure of roots over time from these symptoms. An improper bite can be corrected through braces or perhaps a nightly mouthguard is needed if your child grinds his or her teeth. It’s also sports season, which means your dentist can help get your child a custom mouthguard to fully protect their mouth during their favorite sport!
A back-to-school dental check-up is important when it comes to your child’s oral health. With a proper exam and cleaning, your dentist can determine if your child has any problems that could affect his or her attention and participation in school. Ensure your child is on their way to optimal oral health by visiting your dentist for back-to-school!