Get Your Family’s Smiles Ready For School
It’s a day that many parents look forward to … and many kids don’t.
The first day of school will be here before you know it. When it arrives, you will want your family to be ready. That’s why you will be shopping for new clothes and backpacks. That’s while you’ll be checking items off supply lists — calculators, notebooks, pens, pencils, etc.
And that’s why you will be making an appointment for a back-to-school dental cleaning, right?
Now would be a great time to schedule a visit to Millburn Dental Arts. Family dentistry remains an important part of our practice from the beginning. We want your kids to have the healthiest mouths possible all the time, but this is particularly important when school is in session.
A Healthy Mouth Is Better For School
If you saw your child climbing on a chair in an effort to touch a hot stove, you would stop him or her. You know that it’s better to prevent a problem before it happens.
It’s not always that obvious when an oral health problem is occurring, however. Tooth decay and gum disease can develop slowly before you realize something is wrong. This makes it all the more important to have regular cleanings and exams by dental professionals, like our team at Millburn Dental Arts.
By taking steps to prevent or treat cavities or periodontal problems now, you may be helping your child’s education as well.
According to the American Dental Association, kids miss 51 million hours of school every year due to oral health problems. The Children’s Dental Health Project has reported on multiple studies that show how oral health (or lack thereof) can impact your child’s education:
■ A national survey revealed that 1 in 7 kids between the ages of 6 and 12 years old has had a toothache in the past six months.
■ A separate study showed that kids who reported having a toothache recently were four times more likely to have lower grades.
■ And a third study found that kids with oral health problems were three times as likely to miss school as their classmates.
In other words, addressing oral health issues now makes it more likely that your kids will stay in school and be able to focus on their schoolwork.
Be Proactive With Preventive Care
If your child had a project due for school, you would rather know about it two weeks before it’s due rather than the night before. Being proactive and planning ahead will pay off.
With dental care, there are a few things you and your family can do to take charge of your oral health. The first is having a good daily oral hygiene routine. This is the reason we encourage all our patients to brush their teeth twice daily and to floss every day.
The second is eating a balanced diet. This helps with your overall health. Plus, eating and drinking less sugar will reduce your family’s risk of cavities.
The third is having regular dental cleanings. This is something we are happy to do for you at Millburn Dental Arts. Having a professional clean your children’s teeth is the best way to get rid of plaque or tartar buildup that they might have missed on those days they didn’t brush as well as they should have.
And don’t forget to ask about fluoride treatments and dental sealants, which can make your kids’ teeth stronger and offer protection against the bacteria that cause tooth decay.
We Hope To See You Soon
Before your morning routine becomes focused on making sure your kids get to school on time, schedule a visit to Millburn Dental Arts. You can request an appointment online or you can call (973) 957-1604.