Why A Dental Visit Should Be On Your Back To School To Do List

August 20, 2016

It might seem like school just let out for the summer, and it’s already time to go back. It’s amazing how fast the summer flies by! At Strathcona Dental Clinic, we know as your kids head back to school this fall, you’re probably busy buying new shoes, backpacks and school supplies. But in addition to back to school shopping, it’s important to schedule a dental checkup for your kids. A dental checkup before your children go back to school is a great idea for several reasons.

The start of the school year is often hectic. Your kids may be busy with classes, homework and sports practice, and you’re busy supervising everything. It’s best to get a checkup out of the way before your days are packed full of carpool, PTA meetings and other school activities. Plus, it’s nice to start the school year knowing your child’s mouth is healthy and cavity free.

Remember, good oral health is important for your children’s overall well-being. Toothaches and cavities are not a great way to start the school year. Dental problems can prevent your kids from concentrating and focusing on their schoolwork. Dental emergencies can even lead to missed classes.

A dental checkup before school starts can spot signs of trouble early and treat any problems, which prevents your kids from missing classes in the future. Back to school checkups also provide reinforcement for your children to practice good oral hygiene. For example, make sure your kids get up early enough to brush thoroughly before they head off to school.

The start of the school year may also mean after school activities and sports, such as football and lacrosse. Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh are happy to provide a custom fitted mouth guard, to protect your child’s teeth from sports injuries.

Lastly, to keep your kid’s teeth healthy, pack their lunchbox with dental friendly foods, such as fresh fruit, yogurt and milk. Limit sticky, sugary foods, especially since your children may not brush their teeth at school after they eat.   

At our dental office in Edmonton, we believe good dental health starts young. Whether your kids are heading off to kindergarten or their senior year, a dental visit helps them start the year right. Please call our office at (780) 433-1154 or visit our website at http://www.strathconadental.ca/ to schedule a dental visit.