Back to School and Your Family’s Dental Health
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… the kids are going back to school this month!
Did you know that children with poor oral health were almost 3 times more likely to miss school as a result of dental pain than those with healthy teeth and gums? According to National Institutes of Health estimates, nearly 30% of children and adolescents in the U.S. have chronic health conditions. Among the most prevalent diseases of childhood are dental caries (cavities), asthma, diabetes, and obesity. Dental caries is actually the most common issue!
So what can you do to improve your family’s dental health?
Encourage good dental hygiene habits at home. Make sure everyone is brushing and flossing twice a day, every day. It’s also important to check up on your kids on occasion. Don’t just accept “yes, I did it!”
Offer a healthy diet, and not just at mealtime. Sugary and high-starch snacks should be limited. Bacteria that causes tooth decay thrives on simple sugars. Between meals, and especially at bedtime, drink water.
Schedule regular checkups. Schedule two (2) checkup/cleanings a year to help spot current or potential future problems before they get worse. In a recent study, 66% of the parents who reported no school absences said they had proactive dental visits within the past year! With the start of school right around the corner, schedule an appointment for you and your family now to avoid missed classes and sports activities.
Dr. Stewart and the friendly staff at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, Maryland understand how busy life can be at times, especially when school starts back up. They will work with your schedule to make sure that you and your kids can come in for your regular hygiene appointments. Remember that prevention and early detection can help you avoid pain, eating or speaking difficulties and potentially missed school or work. Call 410-730-6460 today to schedule an appointment. Smile Savers Dentistry is currently accepting new and emergency patients.
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