There’s a lot to do to get your kids ready to go back to school. You have to buy their school supplies, make sure they have clothes and shoes to wear and begin easing them back into a school time sleep schedule. You must be forgetting something… Yes! You should also schedule back-to-school dental checkups with Dr. Doctor, your family dentist in Southlake.
Summer is the perfect time to schedule your child’s biannual dental checkup and dental cleaning in Southlake. Once school starts, they’ll be busy with classes, homework, sports and other extra-curricular activities.
According to the American Dental Association, dental checkups are just as important as immunizations to your child’s health and well-being. In fact, tooth decay is more common than any other chronic childhood infectious disease. A study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics found that 20 percent of children ages five to 11 had untreated cavities and 13 percent between the ages of 12 and 19.
The consequences of untreated cavities may not only be additional dental problems, but also pain that is likely to distract them for the learning that they should be doing in school. Thus, twice yearly dental checkups go a long way toward ensuring the health and beauty of your child’s smile as well as his success in school.
Oral Hygiene at Home
In addition to scheduling regular dental checkups, make sure your child brushes his teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for two minutes and floss at least once a day. When you’re at the store buying pencils, notebooks and paper, let your son pick out a few new toothbrushes and their favorite flavor of ADA-approved toothpaste, too. And while we hope your child stays healthy throughout the school year, don’t forget to change out his toothbrush after any illness.
Pack Lunches and Snacks for Good Oral Health
No doubt you’ve heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” Well, what you eat has a lot to do with the condition and appearance of your smile. Encourage your child to make healthy food choices if he buys his lunch at school. Just as there are foods that are good for the body, there are also foods that are good for a smile. If you child brings his lunch, help him pack sandwiches made with whole grain bread, lean meats and hard cheeses. Fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt, cottage cheese, carrot sticks and hummus are also good choices.
Children need snacks to stay energized throughout the day. Have a healthy selection on hand including peanut butter on veggie sticks, hard-boiled eggs, grapes and cheese.
Contact Us Before School Starts
If you have any questions for your “dentist near me,” or if you want to schedule a back-to-school dental checkup, then call the office of Dr. Ravi Doctor. We’re here to help you take care of all the smiles in your family!