This fall, every child wishes to look their very best as they go back to school.
Parents and guardians do everything to prepare their kids but overlook the most noticeable aspect of their appearance - their teeth. Studies reveal that a good smile makes room for a positive self-image. Good oral health habits are best incorporated during the back to school season.
When taking your child for back to school a dental visit, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Book an appointment ahead of time
- Before the appointment, give your child a light meal.
- Keep calm. When your child notices your anxiety, he/she becomes anxious as well.
- Encourage your kids to practice dental habits at home.
When kids start shedding their milk teeth, this is signal enough to see a dentist at least twice a year. As their permanent teeth develop, the most rampant chronic childhood disease - tooth decay - kicks in. If left untreated, it can hinder the child from eating, speaking, sleeping and learning. Alarming statistics show over 60 percent of school children rarely see a dentist every year.
Questions You Should Ask at Your Child’s Back to School Dental Visit
1. What are Sealants?
This is a thin plastic coating that dentists place on the surface of molars. Though sealants can prevent tooth cavities, they should not at all be used in place of brush and floss.
2. Would You Take a Look at My Child’s Mouthguard?
This question would be very appropriate if your son/daughter is an all-year sports player. Your child’s dentist is expected to check for any signs of wear and tear. At this point, it should probably be redone.
3. Is My Child In Need of an X-Ray?
X-rays can determine the presence of tooth decay. They also show whether or not your child’s teeth are developing as they are supposed to. Though x-rays are essential, they should not be done at every visit.