Child’s Back to School Dentist Visit
Summertime is for fun with family and friends. However, we are getting close to that time when we have to start thinking about getting kids ready to go back to school soon. The school will be back in session before you know it. Send your child this school year with a new backpack, new pencils and a healthy smile.
Some schools require a back to school dental care exam. Still, it's always a good idea this time of the year to make sure a dentist sees your child for their child's regular dental visit. Our dentist can help spot and take care of any issues, so your child doesn't miss any classes once school starts avoiding dental emergencies. This time of the year is great to help get back on track of regular routines and habits for your child. The daily summer routines can go out of the window with all the treats around, so now it is time to get back on track of good oral hygiene habits.
Here are some questions you should ask at your child's dentist appointment:
How is my child's overall oral health?
Our dentist will be looking at the overall picture of your child's mouth, including the health of their gums and teeth. Dr. Alexandra also checks your child's bite alignment and teeth positioning as they grow to keep an eye on any potential orthodontic issues that may show up later.
Will my child get teeth cleaning today?
Teeth cleaning is a must, no matter how well your child brushes. Even with proper oral health routines like brushing teeth twice a day, it's not possible to get entirely rid of all the bacteria that can lead to cavities. You may also have a child who goes off to summer camp and never opens their toothbrush, so professional teeth cleaning is essential to prevent cavities.
A professional cleaning goes a long way as it removes more of the cavity-causing bacteria and helps to keep gums healthy. Teeth polishing during teeth cleaning removes most or many stains from teeth. Also, ask about our fluoride treatment and what it can do for your child.
Does my child need an x-ray?
Digital dental x-rays help our dentist see how your child's teeth are developing while making sure that the root of your child's teeth is healthy.
X-rays also help to see if there is any tooth decay between your child's teeth. Tooth decay process can move very, very fast, so the best way to avoid it turning into big problems is early detection. The earlier we can catch cavity, the better.
Your child won't need x-rays at every visit. We only do them when necessary.
Can you check my child's mouthguard?
If your child is active and or plays sports year-round, make sure you bring his or her mouthguard along so our dentist can check for wear, tear and proper fit. If a child has a growth spurt, losing teeth and or getting new ones, the mouthguard might need to be redone.
What are the sealants?
Sealants are another great way to keep your child from getting cavities, but they are no substitute for brushing twice a day or flossing. A sealant is a thin protective coating made out of plastic resin that our dentist can place on the chewing surfaces of permanent back molars (back teeth). Once sealants are in place, they keep cavity-causing bacteria, and food bids from settling into the nooks and crannies your child's toothbrush can't reach. Sealants help prevent cavities from forming and tiny existing spots of decay from getting worse.
In fact, having sealants on your permanent molars reduces the risk of cavities by 80%. It's best to get sealants as soon as your child's permanent molars come through their gums (usually at age 6, then again at age 12). It doesn't hurt to put on or apply a sealant. Most sealants last for years, and your child's dentist will make sure they're holding strong at every regular visit.
Keeping up with regular hygiene routines such as brushing and flossing is essential for your child's dental health. Don't forget to get your child ready for school by getting all the required school supplies and choose a dentist for regular dentist visits. Our beautiful dentist office in Burlington accepting new patients, so click on the button to schedule an appointment to keep your child's teeth healthy.