Start your child’s school year on a good note by scheduling the back-to-school checkup. Some schools require students to have health and dental examinations before returning to school or during the first few months of a new school year. This is an important practice because it helps to ensure that your child can have a good year without the pain and discomfort of toothaches.
Tooth decay-related problems are responsible for over 51 million missed school days every year. Dental disease can affect every area of a child’s life. Chewing and sometimes speaking become difficult for them. The distraction caused by toothache can keep your child from participating in school activities and can affect the child’s ability to learn. The back-to-school checkup identifies problems before they have a chance to develop into painful, serious conditions.
You May Have Questions
Parents often have questions about their child’s oral health. Different stages of development will produce different concerns. The main objective of a checkup is to identify problem areas and develop a treatment plan. This visit also provides the dentist with a baseline to monitor the development and growth of permanent teeth.
Regular dental checkups can often reveal potential issues that may occur, such as crowding of teeth that will require braces in the future. Some of these problems can be eliminated or minimized with early interventions. For example, if your child is not brushing or flossing correctly, gingivitis or dental decay may be developing. Addressing the problem in the early stages can prevent serious disease from occurring.
Some parents are concerned about dental x-rays. Your child will get more exposure to radiation from a day playing in the sunshine than from digital x-rays. Full mouth x-rays are not required at every dental visit. Your dentist will only take them if needed to check on development of teeth below the surface, or the extent of decay if a tooth is showing signs of a problem.
If your child plays sports during the school year, you may want to speak with the dentist about a customized mouthguard. If your child already has one, you should bring it to the dentist. Your dentist will make sure it still fits properly. As a child grows, the structures in the mouth change and these changes can affect the way in which the mouthguard fits. It may be time for a new one, in order to provide your child with protection during sports.
Your child’s oral health is important both in the short term and in the long run. At Precision Digital Dentistry, we help family members maintain the highest level of oral health for bright, healthy smiles. Contact us today to schedule your child’s back-to-school examination.