Along with new clothes, new supplies and possibly an annual physical, getting your child’s teeth cleaned is another to-do to add to the list before the school year begins. While it’s important for everyone to visit the dentist at least twice a year, the end of summer vacation is a great time for kids to see the dentist. After a few months if eating ice cream and drinking sodas, it’s important to make sure their smiles are healthy and ready for the school year.
Dental visits are important, especially for children, because the dentist can discover and diagnose potential problems that children are more susceptible to and provide treatments such as teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments and possible fillings and sealants. This ensures that your child is not distracted by tooth pain or other dental issues while in class. Studies have shown that a large percentage of children end up missing at least one day of school as a result of a dental problem. Sending them back to class with a clean bill of oral health can help prevent missed school days. Also, if your child is participating in school sports, it’s a great time to get a mouthguard to protect their teeth and gums.
This is also a great time for your child to brush up on their oral hygiene habits. Your child’s pediatric dentist can show them the best way to take care of their teeth and gums to ensure that their mouths stay healthy all year long. Taking care of your child’s teeth and gums starts at home with proper oral hygiene 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 have questions on how to help your child create great habits, talk to your dentist today.