School will be back in session before you know it. Send your child off to class with a new book bag, fresh supplies and a bright white smile! Some schools require a dental exam before the school year starts. Even if your child’s school does not require this, it’s always a good time to schedule a regular dental hygiene visit. “We can help spot and take care of any issues so your child doesn’t have to miss class once school starts,” says Dr. Mary Hayes. “It’s also a great time to help get back on track if some of your child’s dental habits fell away during summer, when normal routines can go out the window and there are a lot more treats around.”
Here’s what you should ask at your child’s check up:
How Is My Child’s Overall Dental Health?
The dentist will be looking at the big picture of your child’s mouth, including teeth and gums. Your child’s bite and alignment will also be addressed to note if future orthodontic treatment is necessary.
Will My Child Get a Cleaning Today?
Regardless of how well you or your child brush, or how frequently, a professional dental cleaning is a must! Bacteria in the oral cavity cannot be sufficiently removed with brushing alone.
What Are Sealants? Hint… They reduce the risk of cavities by an astonishing 80%!
Sealants can be another way to keep your child from getting cavities, but they’re no substitute for brushing and flossing. A sealant is a thin, protective coating that your dentist or hygienist can place on the chewing surfaces of their permanent back teeth. Once they’re on, sealants work to keep cavity-causing bacteria and bits of food from settling into the fissures that a toothbrush cannot clean! This helps keep cavities from forming and tiny existing spots of decay from getting worse.