It’s Time For Back-To-School Dental Checkups!
Did you know that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children?
An estimated 42 percent of children between ages two and eleven get tooth decay in their baby teeth, and it doesn’t stop there, with 59 percent of kids between 12 and 19 getting at least one cavity. As alarming as these statistics are, childhood tooth decay can be prevented with good oral health habits and regular dental appointments.
Why Schedule A Back-To-School Dental Appointment?
When it comes to the health of your children’s teeth, an ounce of prevention is absolutely worth a pound of cure. If you wait until there’s an obvious problem, it’ll take more extensive (and expensive) treatment to fix. Teeth won’t start to hurt until decay has reached the dental pulp, so bring your children in for an appointment before it can get that far.
Our Role In Your Child’s Dental Health
Do your child’s teeth have sealants? Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth—usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars)—to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. Sealants are much less expensive and easy to apply than filling cavities or placing crowns!
Also, simple dental cleanings help children keep their teeth clean and easy to maintain when schedules get tight through the school year.
What You Can Do For Your Child’s Teeth At Home
In between dental appointments, there are lots of things you can do for your child’s dental health. One of the most important ones is to pay attention to what they’re eating. Some foods help the balance of healthy bacteria in your mouth, such as cheese and yogurt. Other foods act like natural tooth brushing, including leafy greens, apples, carrots, celery, almonds, and most other fibrous fruits and veggies.
Your eating schedule also affects your oral health. Every time you eat, your mouth becomes acidic, and acid hurts your teeth. The saliva in your mouth naturally strengthens your teeth after you eat, but it takes about 20 minutes or more for the acid to dissipate after eating, and then your saliva needs an hour or two to repair your teeth’s enamel. If your child is constantly snacking throughout the day, their teeth never get to fully recover. Breaking up snacks can give a kid’s (or an adult’s!) teeth a much needed break.
Finally, after those long school days, make sure your kids remember to brush before they fall asleep!
Here are a few tips to keep your child’s oral hygiene on track in between appointments:
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We’ll See You Soon!
Make sure your kids start off their school year right: with healthy teeth and the confidence to share their smile with new friends and teachers. Call now to schedule your child’s back-to-school dental examination!