It’s August, and for most households, that means it’s time to get ready to head back to the classroom. From buying new school clothes to registering for classes and sports teams to attending those back to school nights, this time of year can sneak by before you know it. If you don’t have a back-to-school dental exam on your to-do list, you should! Here’s why:
Dental Problems = Missed School
Believe it or not, dental problems are one of the main reasons kids miss school. That’s because tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood illness we know of! With statistics like that – and the fact that nearly half of kids ages 2 to 11 have cavities in their primary teeth – you can understand why it’s important to make sure those teeth are cleaned and inspected regularly.
If you’re having a hard time teaching your kids the basics of dental hygiene, a trip to see a professional dental hygienist can really help. He or she can teach your kids the proper way to care for teeth in an environment that makes them feel empowered rather than nagged.
You’ll Stay on Top of Potential Problems
It’s likely that your child’s mouth is healthy, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. If there is an oral health issue, your best bet is to catch it – and treat it – early. With a semi-yearly dental exam and yearly dental x-rays, your Las Vegas dentist can spot problems and treat them before they become a bigger, more painful and more expensive problem.
You Might Need a Mouth Guard
Fall also means that school sports are starting up again. That’s what makes it the perfect time of year to get a custom-fitted mouth guard. If your child participates in a contact sport, it’s important to protect those teeth. Make an appointment for a dental exam and kill two birds with one stone by getting a mouth guard fitting as well.
Are you preparing for back-to-school? What’s on your list?