Is Your Child Ready to Go Back to School?

Jamie J. Alexander on August 17, 2015

A trip to the dentist could be more important to your child’s success when he or she sets out for the first day of school than school supplies, a new pair of shoes, and the latest outfit.

According to the American Dental Association, a dental examination is as important as immunizations and booster shots. Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that 19% of children and teens between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated tooth decay. The facts also indicate that tooth decay affects U.S. children more than any other chronic infectious disease.

How Tooth Decay Affects Your Child

Tooth decay can cause significant pain and premature tooth loss. It can set up a pattern of chronic infection in the mouth and elsewhere in body. The physical and emotional pain caused by dental problems leads to difficulty eating, speaking, sleeping, socializing—and learning. Each year, it results in millions of missed school hours in our country.

Does Your Child’s Back-to-School Checklist Include…?

  • A regular dental exam to diagnose and treat or prevent dental problems.
  • Eating healthy lunches and snacks. A balanced diet replaces sugary foods and soft drinks with grains, nuts, cheese, raw vegetables, yogurt, fruit, milk and water. Review healthy choices with your child before the first day of school and underscore the importance of making healthy choices.
  • Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing. We can be of assistance in making sure your child knows how to brush and floss most effectively. The greatest motivator is preventing tooth decay, avoiding dental pain and eliminating the need for fillings or extractions.
  • Wearing a properly fitted mouth guard while participating in sports. We can affordably fit your child for a custom mouth guard each season, as your child grows. Broken and knocked out teeth lead to emergency visits and contribute to additional dental problems in not only childhood but also adult life.

We love serving the entire family, and I have young children of my own. If you haven’t already done so, add us to your list of back-to-school priorities. We’re passionate about our patients enjoying their school experience and having full opportunity to learn and be healthy.