Back to School Dental Tips
August 27, 2018It's that time of year again–summer is winding down and the beginning of a new school year is close at hand. Registration, a new wardrobe, school supplies, and new shoes are just a few of the many items needed. One need that is often neglected on the Back to School Checklist – your kid’s dental health check-up.
Why a Back to School Dental Health Check-Up Is Important
Regardless of your child's age, dental care should be a priority. According to the CDC around one in five of children age 5-11 have at least one untreated, decaying tooth. The number drops a bit as our kids age; one in seven kids between 12 and 19 suffer from the same problem.
In many cases, it takes a trip to the family dentist or pediatric dentist to find out if something is wrong. Pain from a damaged tooth doesn't start until the nerve is affected, and a tooth or teeth can have problems that go undetected for years. Waiting can end up becoming a painful and expensive situation. Lack of proper care could mean loss of a tooth. Major dental work may mean missed school time if treatment appointments are not managed well.
What Happens at a Children's Dental Exam?
At the dentist, your child will receive a comprehensive exam. This entails a full visual inspection of the teeth and gums, checking alignment and identifying any potential problems. Depending on findings, X-rays may be done to identify tooth decay and ensure adult teeth are growing in correctly.
After the exam, your child will receive a cleaning. Regardless of how often they brush, bacteria can still lurk in unreachable areas. The hygienist will be able to identify areas that need more attention and teach your child the correct brushing methods to reach these spots.
Once a cleaning has been completed, sealants may be applied to the surfaces of your child's teeth. These help to protect the enamel and provide a barrier against invasion from bacteria.
Now it’s your turn...
Healthy habits go a long way in maintaining your kids’ dental health. Luckily, there are so many different ways to enjoy each food group:
• Fruits: fresh, frozen, dried, canned, baked (think apple chips!) or pureed.
• Vegetables: fresh, frozen, or baked (think kale chips!)
• Lean protein: baked chicken, deli meats, hard boiled eggs, beans or nuts (be aware of nut allergy regulations at your child’s school).
• Low-fat dairy: milk, cheese or yogurt
• Whole Grains: pita, sandwich bread, tortillas, wraps, and pastas
And don’t forget to brush twice a day!
The beginning of the school year is a busy time. It may be tough to schedule a regular, preventative appointment with your dental health provider. That’s why the end of summer is an ideal time to schedule children’s dental exams. At Dakota Family Dentistry, we understand how important good dental health is for your child. Make an appointment today to put your child on the path to lifelong oral health! Call us at 605 352-6999.
Last Modified: 08/27/2018 2:28:55 pm MDT