The Importance of Back-to-School Dental Appointments

babylonThe summer is almost over. Now you are in full-commando mode getting your children ready to go back to school in a short time. You’re busy buying clothes, shoes, school supplies, backpacks, and lunch totes, as well as getting physicals for fall sports and making sure vaccinations are up to date.

Did your children have their dental checkups during the summer break? An interesting fact is that cavities are the most prevalent chronic disease for school-aged children? More than 51 million school hours are missed in the United States each year because of dental disease.

With proper preventative dental hygiene and earlier detection of cavities, a lot of those school hours can be regained, and your children’s education can be unhindered. Additionally, your children don’t have to suffer the symptoms of dental diseases: pain, difficulty eating, and trouble talking.

It’s August, and it will be difficult to get your children in for dental checkups before school starts. However, Babylon Dental Care at (631) 983-6665 and we’ll do our best to try to see them before the first school bell rings.

However, for the future, there are few tips we’d like to share to boost your children’s dental health and their dental visit experiences.

A good rule of thumb for scheduling your children’s dental appointments is to set up a yearly recurring calendar reminder to call Babylon Dental Care when your children get their spring grades, so they can have early summer appointments and avoid the August rush.

To offset the possibility of cavities developing, you should encourage your children to get in the habit of brushing their teeth for two minutes twice daily (when they get up in the morning and before they go to bed at night) and to floss their teeth at night before they go to bed. Depending on the ages of your children, they may need your help, or they may need a little more oversight and a few more.

Schedule your children’s dental appointments at times during the day when they’re going to be the least cranky, the least anxious, and the most cooperative with dental staff. Also, make sure your children aren’t hungry when they go to the dentist.

Finally, if you experience anxiety about your own dental visits, try to keep a lid on your concern, because your children will pick up on it and that will make the visit less pleasant for everyone.

At Babylon Dental Care, your children’s dental health is important to us, and we will make every effort to schedule their dental visits as soon as possible. We have a complete array of dental services, and our staff is committed to providing compassionate care to each one of our patients. Call us today at (631) 983-6665.

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