Back to school dental check ups are essential in fighting cavities!
It is the end of the holidays; time to check up on the backpack, the booster shots and teeth cleaning. Back to school dental check ups are essential in fighting cavities. Prevention and early detection of cavities and other teeth related problems help avoid pain and school absences. The normal pediatrician visit to ensure the children are ready for school should include a dental check-up too. A few things to consider may include;
Plan for the Check Up
With all energies fixed on the summer bucket lists, school dates will creep up on you. Do not wait until the last minute, rather plan and get over with the visit since last minute rush can be rather overwhelming leading to slips in details. Make the appointment at the beginning of the summer rather than at the end, and adopt appropriate dental habits.
A cavity free check-up is the best dental check-up. Parents can assist their kids to achieve a cavity free check-up through;
• Encouraging the children to do their brushing and assisting only when the need arises.
• Remind the children to floss.
• Help the children to form an ingrained tooth brushing culture even through the summer.
Schedule a Timely Visit
Schedule the visit when the children are not feeling cranky. Do not interrupt nap time or set the dental clinic on a bad day. Make sure the children have had something to eat but not in the waiting room. Remind the children to brush before the appointment.
Manage Your Anxiety
Children can pick up on parents’ anxiety; be more aware of how you communicate with them. Encourage the child to talk more with the dentist and to ask their questions on dental health. Link the dental visit with a positive feeling such as the idea of having strong and healthy teeth.
Finally, remember to provide your child’s teacher and coach with the medical contact information including the dentist.
If you have any questions about back to school dental check ups or any other dental questions, contact our office today!