Backpacks, school supplies, new clothes and shoes; these are the things on your mind as you prepare for back to school. Oral health is probably not on your mind, although it should be. Tooth decay is the number one issue that affects children more than any other chronic condition, and dental pain can make it difficult for your child to learn and concentrate at school. Your dentist in Marietta offers tips on how you can help your child prepare their oral health for the upcoming school year.
Schedule a Routine Cleaning and Checkup
If you can, schedule your child’s next cleaning and checkup before school starts, this is ideal so they don’t have to miss any time from school and you can get it done before your schedule becomes hectic. If school has already started, Elite Dentistry, your trusted dentist in the 30062 area offers convenient before and after school appointments.
This preventive care appointment is just as important as updating immunization records because we’ll screen your child for tooth decay and cavities in order to detect them in their earliest stages. This will allow you to choose a less invasive treatment procedure for your child and take care of any issues before discomfort starts.
Additional Services to Protect Your Child’s Oral Health
Dr. Caitlin Mercke may recommend some additional services to help protect your child’s oral health throughout the school year such as fluoride treatments. Fluoride helps build developing teeth and remineralize teeth that have been affected by decay. This is a quick treatment that can be applied right after your child’s cleaning.
Dental sealants are a thin protective coating that goes over the chewing surface of your child’s teeth to protect them from the acids in their mouths that cause cavities. Sealants are a fast and non-invasive procedure that can typically be completed during one appointment.
Does your child participate in sports? Did you know that 40% of dental emergencies are sports related? Protecting your child’s teeth and mouth with a custom mouth guard is the best way to protect them from sports related injuries. Dr. Mercke can recommend the right mouth guard for your child to ensure they have the best protection.
Contact Elite Dentistry
Give yourself the peace of mind of being completely ready for back to school by scheduling your child’s next cleaning and checkup today!