If you have a checklist to help with preparation for the new school year, at the top should be scheduling a routine checkup and cleaning for your child. Why? Healthy teeth and gums put your child on a brighter path, meaning less time spent having cavities filled or addressing problems of tooth decay and more time learning about gravity or fractions. If you haven’t made an appointment yet, find out why your dentist in Evansville wants to see your child for a back to school checkup.
Why Good Oral Health is Important at an Early Age
From the moment your child’s first tooth erupted through the gum line, it was imperative to begin taking proper care of their teeth and gums. Cleaning their gums with a wet washcloth was no longer enough, so you bought a small toothbrush and training toothpaste to ensure that sparkling tooth stayed healthy.
This diligence to help your child maintain good oral health is something, as a parent, you should continue to do as they grow older. Children are more prone to cavities and other oral-related diseases simply because their dental hygiene habits are not perfected. Faulty techniques and rushed brushing can result in problems that can develop and progress quickly if left untreated.
It is important to make sure you take your child to see their dentist every six months for a proper dental checkup and cleaning, as this will allow the dental team a chance to thoroughly clean their teeth and gums, as well as address any problems in their early stages before they’re allowed to advance.
Why Schedule an Appointment Before School Starts?
There are plenty of reasons why you should take advantage of the summer months to have your child’s teeth and gums checked and cleaned. Some of these reasons include:
- Ample time – Once the school year is back in full swing, neither you nor your child will have adequate time to set aside for a dental appointment. Between school, work, meetings, sports, and homework, there is usually very little opportunity to clear schedules.
- Effective healing – If your child needs a wisdom tooth extraction, filling, or any other dental procedure, summer is the best time to have it done simply because it allows your child to heal properly. Instead of focusing on the game they’re missing, they can relax and heal more effectively.
- No missed classes: Summer means no school, so by opting to have your child’s routine dental checkup before they go back, they avoid missing important notes taken in class as well as having to make up homework.
Schedule your child’s dental visit and put their oral health on the right track as they prepare to say hello to a new school year. Healthy teeth mean greater confidence and more opportunities to learn, so don’t let the summer slip by! Add “dental appointment” to the top of your checklist today!
About the Author
Dr. Melanie White earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, before going on the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. With a passion to build relationships and help others, she and her team at Maple Grove Family Dental are equipped and ready to assist you and your child in achieving healthy smiles through regular dental checkups and cleanings. To learn more about Dr. White or our wide range of services, contact us via our website or by calling (608) 882-4860.