In the “back to school” season every parent has a long list to tackle. New Clothes and school stationeries need to be bought among lots of paper work, lunch box ideas and picking up/dropping off plans. However, many forget about a “back to school” dental check-up which should be one of the top priorities. Reading this might surprise you but let’s explain why.

1. Dental Disease and emergencies are among the top reasons why Kids Miss School

Childhood tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood illness; pediatric dental disease is 7 times more common than hay fever and 5 times more common than asthma. Data from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in USA reported that 41% of children aged 2 to 11 years had cavities in their primary (milk) teeth while 42% of those aged 6 to 19 years had cavities in their permanent teeth.

2. Oral Health Can Affect Your Child’s Overall Health

When untreated, childhood tooth decay can have consequences beyond what is seen in the dental chair. Untreated decay can lead to malnourishment and bacterial infections. Additionally, Pain and infection from teeth can lead to issues in regards to eating, speaking and even concentrating in class.

3. Prevention is better than cure

Regular dental check-ups and preventive dental care, such as cleaning and fluoride treatments, provide children with “smile” insurance. Routine dental examinations will help spot any issues early on, so they can be addressed in early stages. This will prevent painful and chronic conditions later on.

4. Let your child play hard while keeping his/her teeth safe

Many teeth injuries that happen on the playground can be prevented by a mouth-guard. While you can buy sports mouth guards at sporting goods stores and drug stores, these are not custom fitted. Your dentist can provide a sports mouth guard that is designed specifically for your child’s mouth for extra comfort and protection.

5. A Visit to the Dentist Can Help Your Child with Dental Home Care

Remember that tooth decay is preventable, but children need to get properly educated about that, especially younger ones who need instruction on proper brushing and flossing. The “back to school” checkup will help put your child on the right track for healthy smiles.

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