Summer Dental Exams and Cleanings
Here comes summer break! What a great time to schedule dental exams and cleanings!
The American Dental Association recommends two dental exams and cleanings each year. However, it can be a challenge to get kids to the dentist during the school year.
That’s understandable. Work schedules, activities and other commitments mount up when schools are in session.
For school aged kids, scheduling dentist visits during summer and winter vacations can help keep their oral health on track. If you plan ahead, that is. Chances are other parents are thinking along these lines as well.
The Benefits of Regular Dental Exams and Cleanings
Fortunately, the prevalence of untreated dental caries (cavities) among U.S. kids is trending downward. Nevertheless, cavities are still the top chronic disease among 6-19 year-olds, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Regular dental exams and cleanings can help your kids stay healthy so they can do their best in school. Kids should all have a dental exam and teeth cleaning every six months. Doing so helps to to cut down on the risk of cavities, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Regular exams can also help detect threats to overall health, such as oral cancer.
During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist does a careful check of kids’ teeth and gums to find signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or any other oral health problems. A regular exam allows the dentist to be proactive and repair weaknesses before they become bigger problems.
Vacation Time and Oral Care
Sadly, school breaks sometimes turn into oral health breaks, as well. It’s easy for oral care routines to slip and take a back seat when other routines are on hold. Scheduling kids’ dental exams and cleanings during these times can help keep oral health habits on track.
In addition, if travel or camp is part of your child’s school break, a dental exam and cleaning can help ensure their teeth are healthy and ready to go. Being proactive about kids’ oral health can help ensure they have a happy and enjoyable vacation.
Gear up for the Active Season
Are summer sports on the schedule as well, either during the break or in the coming school session? If so, be sure to talk to your dentist about mouthguards.
Sports can provide a lot of fun time with friends. However, it’s vital you take the proper steps to protect your kids’ teeth from unneeded risks. A mouthguard covers the gums and teeth to help keep them safe from harm. Your dentist can help you choose the type that’s right for you.
Schedule Kids Dental Exams and Cleanings Today!
Vacation schedules can fill up fast! Especially if work or travel are in the plans. So, book your child’s school break dental exam and cleaning today!
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