Like all good things, summer vacation eventually comes to an end. Before you know it, it’s back to school time and … there’s so much to do! School supplies need to be purchased, kids need their snappy new outfits or new uniforms, schedules need to be sorted out, and healthcare issues need to be addressed.
For a lot of families, the end of summer is also the time to bring the kids in to the pediatrician to help ensure they are in great shape and ready to take on the challenges of a new school year. And of course you should also make an appointment with your dentist for your child’s annual checkup.
“A lot of times the dental check-up is overlooked by parents,” dentist Bryan Dunlap, D.D.S., told KARK-TV, the NBC affiliate in Little Rock, Ark. “But it’s really important to get that as a regular regimen for kids. When they’re regular with their check-ups, things go a whole lot easier with them.”
Beating the Cost
With the high cost of dentistry services, you may have another reason to put off dental visits. People often have no dental insurance because of the cost of premiums. Out-of-pocket expenses for dental work are also frequently prohibitive.
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Once you have your dental savings plan, you can easily address your children’s oral health needs on the twice-a-year schedule that dentists recommend. In addition to routine visits with the pediatrician and vision/hearing exams, dental check-ups are essential to keep children healthy. Preventive care may stop tooth decay or at least discover problems well before they become serious.
Keep Up Dental Care
When your child complains of tooth pain, that’s just the start of trouble. It’s best to have it looked at as soon as possible to avoid additional trauma. Discomfort from a cavity can make it difficult for children to eat, speak or keep their minds focused on their schoolwork and classroom activities.
In worst cast scenarios, kids may actually become depressed or fatigued by tooth pain and have to miss school days. Teachers may not recognize this as an issue related to dental health, so it’s important for parents to monitor their kids dental care and eating habits to forestall cavities.
Parents need to be especially vigilant about how much sugar their children are eating because it’s directly linked to tooth decay.
Another issue is protecting your children’s teeth when they play sports or other play activities that may cause an injury. The American Dental Association advises parents to get children a mouth guard, which is available through their dentist or at local sporting goods stores. A custom mouth guard that’s fitted to your children at the dentist provides the best protection.
The benefits of regular dentist visits for children – and adults, too – are many. Not only are their health needs met, but for kids, getting used to regular check-ups often will ease their apprehension about dental work. If they’re comfortable going to the dentist, they are likely to continue this habit as they get older and practice good dental care throughout their lives.