The new school year is quickly approaching, and you want to make sure your child is fully prepared. Getting school supplies and clothes is important, but your child’s oral health is even more important! According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay affect U.S. school children more than any chronic infectious disease, and 19 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated tooth decay. So, it is essential that your child goes back to school with exceptional oral health so that they do not have to miss school for a tooth infection.
Before your child starts school in the fall, it is essential that you take them to the dentist for a regular checkup. You should take your child for a dental cleaning at least twice a year so that a dentist can check for any issues and treat them before they worsen. The last thing you want is for your child to go back to school with a serious cavity. During your appointment, ask your dentist about sealants and fluorides to prevent tooth decay.
Brush and Floss Regularly
Even though it should be common knowledge, it is critical that your child is brushing their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time. Make sure that they are using a toothpaste with fluoride in it to prevent tooth decay. You want to encourage them to floss especially after they eat so that they can get the plaque in between their teeth. It is also good to change their toothbrush every three months because toothbrush bristles begin to wear down.
When it comes to caring for your teeth during the school year, it all comes down to what your child is eating. So, make sure you are packing your child a healthy lunch on a daily basis. It is good to include celery, carrots, and cubes of cheese because they promote healthy teeth.
Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care
Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth or have a wisdom tooth extracted Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and commitment to comfort, safety and relaxation you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.