You’re making your way through your “back-to-school” to-do list for the family—buy school clothes, load up on school supplies, get immunizations and doctor checkups for the kids. But don’t forget that back-to-school dental exam for your children.
Tooth decay affects U.S. children more than any other chronic infectious disease and 19 percent of children ages 2 to 19 years old have untreated tooth decay. Dental pain or disease can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking, playing and learning as well as millions of hours of missed school.
Dr. Douglas Angell at Angell’s Dentistry makes these recommendations for your back-to-schoolers:
- Schedule regular dental examinations to diagnose and treat or prevent dental problems to save your child pain and lost school time. You may want to take advantage of preventive measures such as fluoride treatments or sealants.
- Make sure your children are brushing regularly with fluoride toothpaste and flossing their teeth. Keep extra toothbrushes on hand and have your kids change to a new one every three months or so, or after an illness. You may want to change toothbrushes every time report cards come out.
- Pack healthy lunches and snacks, such as grains, milk, cheese, raw vegetables, yogurt or fruit. If your kids eat in the school cafeteria, talk to them before school starts about which foods they should choose for a healthy and balanced diet.
- If your children are engaged in PE classes or contact sports, be sure they have properly fitted mouthguards to protect their teeth.
Feel free to call our office if you have questions about your child’s dental health. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. And be sure to visit our website at www.angellsdentistry.com to learn more about us.