5 REASONS TO SCHEDULE YOUR CHILD’S BACK-TO-SCHOOL DENTAL CHECKUP
- This is the month to get kids ready for school. It is important your children have what they need for school. And equally important is that they are healthy. You want them to start the year with healthy teeth. Prevention and detection are your best bet to prevent dental problems that could affect your child’s school attendance.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control cavities are one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood in the United States. Untreated cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning.
- About 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.
- 1 of 7 (13%) adolescents aged 12 to 19 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.
- Children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than children who don’t.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR CHILD’S VISIT POSITIVE
- Make the visits as pleasant as possible. If your child has never been to a dentist, bring them by for a simple visit. They can meet the dentist and our staff and get familiar with the office. Let them color, play with the toys or watch a video so they have a pleasant experience. This will familiarize them with going to the dentist.
- You can schedule cleanings first to get your child accustomed to being at the dentist. Then make a follow-up schedule if there are any cavities to handle.
- Read to your children books about taking care of their teeth. There are lots of books for children about visits to the dentist. For example, for young children there are The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist, by Stan & Jan Berenstain and Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer. For older children there is Going to the Dentist by Helen Frost.
- On their appointment day make it a pleasant thing to do. Plan a fun reward for them doing a good job at the dentist.
GET THEM INTO THEIR ROUTINE
Summers can throw out routines they had during the school year. If this has happened, get them back into their routine now. This would include brushing first thing in the morning and brushing and flossing at night before bed.
SCHEDULE THEIR BACK-TO-SCHOOL APPOINTMENT NOW
School is just around the corner. Soon you’ll be making trips to the store for school supplies, new clothes and such. But don’t put off the dentist visit. This can make scheduling more difficult for you and your child. Contact us now and schedule. Make sure to schedule your child for both a check for cavities and for a dental cleaning.
Dr. Ashley Anderson