Now that you've bought new backpacks and school clothes, what's next on the list? Don' forget to schedule a trip to the dentist. At a regular dental checkup, your dentist will not only clean your child's teeth but also check for any problems. If caught early, problems can be quickly fixed and this will prevent your child from missing school due to dental-related illness and it will also eliminate the need for costly dental procedures.
Dental Check-Up Routine
A big part of the dentist's role is to monitor children as they grow. They see where things need to improve and can give you the tools to maintain and improve your child's oral health. During the actual exam, your dentist will review your child's dental and medical history, examine their teeth, jaws, and oral tissue, clean and then polish your child's teeth.
Teeth Care Tips
It's important to teach your kids good oral hygiene habits early so that they will be better equipped to maintain good oral health, which in turn, improves their overall health. If you want your child to get an A+ on their dental checkup report card, you should incorporate the following tips into your lifestyle:
1. Replace worn out brushes. In order to get your child more enthusiastic about brushing their teeth, let them pick out their own toothbrush. Just make sure it is the proper size and has soft bristles.
2. Find a toothpaste flavor that your child will enjoy. The more they like the flavor, the more likely they will use it.
3. In order to make flossing more appealing for kids, consider getting them floss picks. They are easy to use and come in fun shapes, colors and flavors.
4. Who wants to count? Buy a tooth brushing timer so that your child brushes for a full 2 minutes.
5. Lastly, pack your child a healthy lunch and/or snack. Fresh fruits, veggies and cheese are great choices for school snacks.
If you or your child is due for your next exam at StarBrite Dental, or are experiencing any issues, please call the office today to schedule an appointment: (301) 770-1070 .
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