So it’s been a long summer and now it’s time to think about new clothes and school supplies for the kids. It’s also a great time to get the kids in for a back-to-school tooth cleaning, since they’ve most likely been eating ice cream and candy all summer long.
It’s important for everyone to see the dentist at least twice a year, and routine cleanings can help ensure that your children’s teeth are free of plaque and tartar. Also, children have different oral care needs, especially as their permanent teeth are coming in. During a checkup and a cleaning, your dentist can discover and diagnose potential problems that children are more susceptible to and provide treatments to take care of them before the school year’s in full swing.
Studies have shown that many children miss at least one school day per year as a result of dental issues A dental visit just before the school year begins will help make sure that your child goes back to class with a clean bill of health. That way, he’s less likely to be distracted by tooth-related issues and possibly miss school days because of them. Also, if your child is participating in school sports, it’s a great time to get a mouthguard to protect his teeth and gums.
A visit to the dentist can brighten your child’s smile before he heads back to class, but having a bright smile with healthy gums starts at home with proper brushing habits and a healthy diet. Brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once creates the foundation for healthy teeth and gums. Very young children are especially prone to tooth decay, and this is also the best time to instill habits that will last a lifetime. If you’re having trouble getting your children to brush, talk to your dentist today about tips and techniques to help them stick to it.