Back to School
Back to school season is in full swing! The first day of school is right around the corner. As you prepare your child to go back to school, is their dental check up on the list of to-do’s? Regular dental visits can sometimes go unnoticed during extra busy times of the year, but did you know that the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools warns that nearly 51 million school hours are missed in the U.S. alone each year due to dental issues? That’s a lot of school time! It is the most common reason children miss school. Missing school can cause your child to fall behind academically and socially, but, this is easily preventable with consistent bi-yearly dental check ups.
Here are some facts you may not know regarding your child’s dental health:
- The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) reports that children are 20 times more like to have tooth decay than diabetes.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 19% of children between the ages of two and nineteen currently have untreated cavities.
- Oral health problems can contribute to more serious health issues for your child, such as malnourishment and bacterial infections.
- Regular dental exams are recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) as part of your child’s normal back to school checklist.
- Your child should have their first dental exam by age one, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Stanley Dentistry recently added a dedicated pediatric hygienist and pediatric dentist to ensure that your children will be comfortable and relaxed during their appointments with us. With these facts in mind, Stanley Dentistry is ready to make sure that not only your children, but also the whole family is healthy and ready to put their best foot forward this year! Dr. Bobbi Stanley says, “Every year around August, parents rush to schedule their children’s cleanings and wisdom teeth removal before they go back to school. Planning ahead for these appointments can help save unnecessary stress and time.”
As a parent, planning for your child’s dental health can be overwhelming. Here are some tips that parents can implement at home to help ensure their child’s dental health while outside of the dental office:
- If your child is younger than five years old, watch them brush their teeth. A good way to make sure they are brushing long enough is to teach them to hum the Happy Birthday song twice while brushing.
- Encourage your children to choose healthy snacks. Sticky foods such as gummies and candies can end up getting stuck to your child’s teeth and causing cavities. Switching to fruits and veggies instead of sweet processed treats can help promote their dental health.
- Teach them to floss early on. Often, children will skip flossing entirely. Flossing is vital in ensuring that all food remnants are properly removed.
- And most importantly, lead by example. Children often learn by watching their parents. If they observe good dental hygiene from you, they will likely implement those same techniques.