Parents, add back to school dental check-ups to your end-of-summer list! As summer vacations are drawing to a close, we know there is much to do to prepare your children for school. New clothes, school supplies, and making sure kids are up-to-date on vaccinations are just part of the tasks. Be sure to remember your children’s teeth! Health screenings and exams, including dental checkups, are an important part of ensuring children get the school year off to a great start.
Back to School Dental Check-Ups Help Catch Dental Issues
Start your child’s school year off the right way, with a healthy mouth! A dental check-up with Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS can help to prevent problems from developing during the school year, which can disrupt learning and require time away from the classroom.
Cavities and other dental diseases can lead to pain, trouble chewing, difficulty speaking, and school absences. Dental disease causes kids to miss more than 51 million school hours each year. Although cavities are largely preventable, they remain the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 11 years and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. When detected early, many dental issues can be easily corrected.
X-Rays Are the Key to Early Detection and Good Dental Health
During your child’s back-to-school dental visit, our experienced dental hygienist will clean your child’s teeth, check for cavities, and make sure your child is keeping up with good brushing and flossing habits. X-rays are also part of a dental check-up, enabling Dr. Evanson to see what’s going on underneath the surface. X-rays make it possible to catch issues early so treatment can begin promptly to ensure your dental health.
- Many tooth and gum problems are undetectable to the naked eye, including bone infections, tumors, and decay under a filling.
- X-rays are important for detecting wisdom teeth development and determining the best method and timing for extraction.
Maintenance Tips for a Healthy Smile in Between Dental Check-ups
Caring for your child’s teeth goes beyond regular dental check-ups. It is a daily task to retain a healthy smile. Here are a few ways you can help your kids maintain healthy teeth throughout the school year:
Make Brushing and Flossing A Rewarding Activity
- Positive reinforcement, such as reading an extra bedtime story might be just the right motivation they need to brush their teeth every day!
- Have fun! Brushing for two minutes may seem like a long time to a young child, but there are many ways to make your child’s dental routine a fun activity.
- Most kids love sweets, but they can wreak havoc on your child’s teeth. Monitor the intake of sugary foods during and after school hours.
- Sweets are not the only harmful foods. Avoid carbohydrates such as pretzels, chips and crackers, etc., which can cling to the tooth surface. Make sure they rinse with water or brush after eating this type of food.
- Practice the 3-2-1 rule at home: eat three (3) healthy meals, brush two (2) times (morning and night with a fluoride toothpaste) for two minutes each time, and floss at least one (1) time every day.
- GUM Red-Cote Plaque Disclosing Tablets visibly disclose the areas of your child’s tooth enamel where additional brushing and flossing is needed to combat plaque. Your child will enjoy brushing the red color off of their teeth.
As a General and Family Dentist, Dr. Evanson treats patients of all ages in the communities of Parker, Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Castle Rock and Lone Tree.
Before the summer draws to a close, make sure you call (720) 409-0008 or contact us online to schedule back-to-school dental check-ups today. Your childrens’ smiles will thank you for it!Leave a reply →