It won’t be too long before you are getting ready for the first day of classes for the new school year. Whether you are sending your first child off to kindergarten or your kids are in high school, you want to help your kids to make a good first impression.
As you are getting new clothes along with paper, pens, notebooks, and other school supplies, we hope you will set aside some time to visit Highlands Ranch Smiles, too.
A back-to-school dental visit is a great way to help your kids start the new school year on the right foot. To plan your visit, start by contacting our dentist office in Highlands Ranch, CO. Call us at 720-644-8186 or fill out our online appointment form today.
□ Get A Dental Cleaning
Did you know? The American Dental Association reported that children miss 51 million hours of school each year due to dental problems.
That’s a lot of time away from the classroom, which means a lot of missed learning opportunities. The best way to avoid those kinds of issues is with preventive dentistry.
If you’ve been reading our blog, then you already know that we encourage you to visit us regularly. Making back-to-school cleanings part of your routine can help your family get in the habit of doing this.
Now, you still need to brush (twice each day) and floss (once per day). But a professional dental cleaning will remove the plaque and tartar that you may have missed. Getting rid of this will greatly reduce your risk of tooth decay or gum disease.
□ Get Dental Sealants
Did you know? Among 6 to 12 year olds, 1 in 7 has had a toothache in the past six months, according to the Children’s Dental Health Project.
Toothaches often occur as a result of untreated tooth decay. If you know anyone who eats a lot of sweets, drinks a lot of sugary snacks, and might not brush and floss as often as they should, then he or she may be at greater risk of cavities.
Dental sealants — which you can get during your visit for your dental cleaning — provide an added layer of protection for your kids’ most vulnerable teeth. Sealants cover the chewing surface of your kids’ molars. This creates a barrier, which makes it harder for bacteria to eat into their teeth.
□ Get Fluoride Treatments
Did you know? Children who recently had toothaches were four times more likely to have low grades, according to the Children’s Dental Health Project.
Imagine sitting in a classroom trying to listen to your teacher while trying to ignore the pain in your mouth. Now imagine trying to do your homework after sitting through that day’s lesson, which you can’t remember because of the pain in your mouth.
It makes sense to us why a toothache could affect a child’s performance in school.
Fluoride treatments can help in a different way than cleanings or sealants. Fluoride is a mineral. When it is applied to your child’s teeth, it can help to repair minor tooth decay, and it can make his or her enamel stronger.
□ Get Athletic Mouthguards
Did you know? Athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are up to 60 times more likely to suffer dental injuries than athletes who do wear mouthguards, according to the ADA.
On the football field, the offensive line’s job is to protect the quarterback and running backs so they don’t get injured and so those players can do their jobs. An athletic mouthguard does something similar for your young athlete’s teeth. By wearing a mouthguard, your kids are much less likely to break or lose teeth.
Football players are required to wear mouthguards, but they aren’t the only ones who should be wearing mouthguards during the fall sports season.
The ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both recommend that participants in all high-impact sports should protect their teeth with custom-fitted mouthguards. In Colorado, that includes football, field hockey, cross country, soccer, and volleyball in the fall.
We would be happy to make custom-fitted mouthguards for everyone in your family. These are smaller, more comfortable to wear, and less likely to interfere with breathing or speaking than the boil-and-bite brands you can buy in retail stores.