Summer is in full swing, but it seems like this season always goes by faster than any other time of the year. Before you know it, your kids will be trading in their flip-flops and sunblock for backpacks and sneakers as they start their next year of formal education. It’s never too early to start putting together your to-do list for sending your youngsters back to school. We’re here to remind you that a visit to your family dentist deserves a spot on that list.
Biannual Dental Visits — Essential for Kids
Experts recommend that everyone visits their dentist twice a year for a routine cleaning and checkup. Keeping up with these biannual appointments is especially important for children because their mouths are still developing. Regular checkups can catch problems with teeth before they become severe. Plus, your dentist will be happy to team up with you to teach your kids about proper oral hygiene so they can establish good habits that will last a lifetime.
Eve if your kids are a bit older and already have most of their permanent teeth, regular dental visits are still important for them. Not only will their oral hygiene benefit, but they may also need extra services. For example, if they plan on playing school sports, they may need a custom mouthguard to protect their pearly whites.
Summer Is the Perfect Time for a Dental Checkup
Your dentist may have convenient office hours that make it easy for you to schedule an appointment at any time of the year, but it can still be a bit stressful to squeeze in dental visits when you’re juggling school, after school activities, and your kids’ social dates. Summer is a great time to schedule appointments for your young ones because it’s the time of year when your family probably has a more open calendar.
Summer is a great time for dental appointments for a few other reasons as well:
- Summer is the season of sugary lemonade, ice cream, and other sweet treats that can endanger teeth. If your kids indulge in these items frequently, a cleaning and checkup may be the key to preventing cavities.
- Preventing dental problems can spare your kids from having to miss school because of a painful toothache.
- Between summer sleepovers with friends, family vacations, and more, your little ones might forget to brush their teeth. A back to school checkup at the dentist can uncover this problem and provide your children with the spurt of motivation they need to get back on track.
What’s on your back to school checklist? If it doesn’t include dental appointments for your young ones, please add them! Your children deserve to go back to school with healthy, confident smiles.
About the Dentist
Dr. Deric Budendorf is one of three talented dentists in our practice. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2013 and joined our team in 2014. He is passionate about continuing his education and providing patients with the best care possible. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Budendorf, our other dentists, or anything related to your family’s oral health, please contact our office at 937-644-8822.