It’s almost time for the new school year to begin. While it won’t be on that long back-to-school supply list, don’t forget to schedule your kids’ dental checkup early in the school year.
A back-to-school dental checkup sets your child up for success! Dental problems can be one of the most common reasons children miss school. Your dentist can help you catch problems early. As part of any exam, your dentist will check your child’s teeth for any issues. Early detection almost always means less costly future treatments.
Remember that tooth decay is preventable, but children, especially younger ones, need instruction on proper brushing and flossing. A hygienist can use tools in the office to show your children how to make sure they are reaching their back teeth and behind the front teeth, areas that can be susceptible to decay.
Dental injuries are some of the most common sports injuries for kids. If your children are involved in sports, your dentist can provide a custom mouth guard designed specifically for your child’s mouth. While it may cost slightly more than a store-bought guard, it will provide superior protection.
Along with keeping up on oral hygiene, your dentist can offer healthy packing suggestions for school lunches. Instead of packing applesauce or sweet snacks like gummy bears, you can pack real fruit, such as bananas, oranges or apples. Applesauce and other fruit snacks have sugar that can stick to the teeth and cause tooth decay.
Another reason to schedule your child’s back-to-school checkup is because the state of Illinois requires dental exams to be completed by a licensed dentist for Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grade students. Your dentist will complete the state form as proof of the visit. For more information on booking your child’s back-to-school checkup or the State of Illinois School forms, please contact:
Compassionate Dental Care
261 North Randall Road
Lake In The Hills, IL 60156