You’ve got the list for your kids’ school(s). You are checking things off one by one.
□ Pens and pencils
But don’t forget something that you won’t find on the official classroom supply list:
□ Dental checkup
Before classes resume, it’s a great idea to schedule a professional dental cleaning and exam with your friendly family dentist in Tigard, OR. You want your children to get the most from their education, and a dental problem can take them away from classes or cause a distraction during their daily lessons.
Start the 2020-21 school year with healthy smiles. Call 503-210-9802 to make an appointment at the office of Gregory A. Williams, DMD.
Oral Health & Education
A healthy smile isn’t going to guarantee that your child is at the top of the class. Poor oral health can have a detrimental effect on their education.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 kids between the ages of 5 and 11 years and 1 in 7 kids between the ages of 12 and 19 years have an untreated cavity. Every year, children with dental problems missed hours of class as a result of dental problems. Toothaches also can make it difficult to focus on what a teacher is discussing or on a classroom or homework assignment.
You want your children to do their best in school. By taking steps to encourage good oral care habits at home and by bringing them to see the dentist regularly, you can reduce their risk of issues like toothaches, tooth infections, and gum disease.
Plan to Succeed
You encourage your kids to plan ahead when they have long-term assignments in school. You also know that maintaining good oral health is a long-term endeavor.
One way to model this is by scheduling a dental checkup before school begins. Think about it, would your rather found out that your child has a cavity now or discover this when the school nurse calls you to tell you about your child complaining about a toothache a month into the school year?
By making an appointment now, you are being proactive about preventing problems or about treating them as soon as possible. Many cavities can be filled before they become painful if they are discovered early. Routine cleanings and exams make this more likely.
In addition to those regular services, you can get dental sealants and fluoride treatments for added protection against tooth decay. If you have any athletes in your family, let us design a comfortable, custom-fitted mouthguard to provide the best defense against dental injuries when they are practicing and competing.
Come See Us Before Classes Begin
Make a dental checkup with our family dentist part of your back-to-school preparations. To schedule an appointment in Tigard, OR, call Gregory A. Williams, DMD today at 503-210-9802 or contact us online.