Pencils, Notebooks and Dental Exams – Prepping for Back to School

by Jason 8/14/2014 9:45 AM


Along with an annual physical, clothes and backpacks, add a visit to the dentist to your child’s back-to-school list this fall. Dentists recommend two visits a year for most kids, and during the back-to-school prep period is the perfect time for one of those visits. It follows a summer of sweets and can be easier for a busy parent to fit in their schedule.

Scheduling a dental visit during back-to-school time will mean your child won’t be distracted by dental pain in class. If they’re in pain, they won’t be able to concentrate. If they can’t concentrate,  test scores and grades soon plummet.

While regular dental visits are extremely important, good oral health for children starts at home with proper dental hygiene and diet.

The daily one-two punch of brushing twice with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once is still the foundation for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Very young children (ages one to five) are particularly prone to tooth decay and parents should supervise (or actually brush for them) to make sure they do a good job. A diet light on sugary snacks and drinks and rich in fruits and vegetables goes a long way toward maintaining good oral and overall health.

It’s important to begin good oral health habits, like visiting the dentist and brushing twice daily, when children are very young. This is why dentists and pediatricians recommend that a child’s first visit to the dentist is within six months of getting the first tooth and no later than the first birthday. 

Here’s hoping your kids have a great school year!

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