Parents and kids probably have different reactions to the news that the next school year will start soon. As part of your back-to-school preparations, plan a visit with your family dentist in Tigard, OR. Here are a few reasons why you should.
1. Prevent Tooth Decay
By age 8, more than half of kids in the US have had at least one cavity. Encouraging daily brushing and flossing along with professional cleanings can reduce your child’s risk of having tooth decay, which can lead to toothaches and other oral health issues.
2. Treat Trouble Now
If your child does have a cavity, then you want to know about it as soon as possible. You also want to treat it before classes begin again. You don’t want a painful tooth to interfere with their education.
3. Seal Things Up
Dental sealants are a low-cost way to greatly reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities. Think of sealants as a protective shield to help keep harmful bacteria from damaging your kids’ teeth.
4. Be Ready to Play
Many sports seasons coincide with the school calendar. Nearly all school sports would be considered high-impact activities. That’s why the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and other professional organizations recommend wearing sports mouthguards for practices and competitions.