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August 18th, 2019

It’s Time for Back-to-School Dental Checkups! 

Class schedule? Check. School Supplies? Check. Teeth cleaning? Check.

According to the American Dental Association, a dental examination is as important as immunizations and booster shots and should be a regular part of school preparations. Some schools even now require a back-to-school dental exam, but if not, it is always a good time of year to schedule a visit for your child, even if the exam is later on in the school year getting on the schedule is just as important.

In the US, each year over 51 million hours of school are missed by children with tooth pain, so there is no better time to get your child to the dentist than before the school year starts. A dentist can help spot and take care of any issues so your child doesn’t have to miss class once school starts. It is also a good reminder to get back on track with proper dental habits that may have lacking during the summer when regular routines go out the window. 

Your child’s back-to-school oral hygiene checklist should include:

-Regular dental exam 

Schedule one of our child’s regular visits to diagnose and treat or prevent any dental problems before the school year commences. During the checkup, a dental team will clean your child’s teeth, check for cavities, and make sure your child is practicing good brushing and flossing habits. The appointment likely will take less than an hour but could save your child valuable instructional time at school. Also call now and schedule during one of the known teacher workdays in the upcoming school year.

-Regular brushing with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing 

While stocking up on binders and pencils, also stock up on floss and several toothbrushes. It is recommended to change toothbrushes once every three months or after an illness. Practice the 3-2-1 rule at home to remind kids to eat three (3) healthy meals, brush at least two (times), and floss at least once (1) daily. 

-Pack healthy lunches and snacks

Include grains, milk, cheese, raw vegetables, yogurt, and fruit in your child’s lunches. Try and avoid sugary foods and soft drinks, because they can wreak havoc on your child’s teeth. If your child eats in a cafeteria, review the menu with them and suggest nutritious options for them to get. 

-Wear a properly fitted mouthguard

If your child participates in organized sports or is active in PE classes or on the playground - protect their teeth with a properly fitted mouthguard.

The summer is a busy time of year between vacations, playing outside and camps, so it is easy for back to school to sneak up to you. Plan and schedule your child’s appointment as soon as you can, making scheduling the visits part of your back to school plan. Contact Dr. Szott’s office today to set up your next appointment for your child. We hope they will be all smiles for the first day of school.

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Greensboro, NC 27408
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