Back to School Dental Tips
Ready or not school is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get your kids to the dentist for their teeth cleaning!
Now is the time to round up the school supplies, snag a couple new outfits, and visit your family dentist to ensure everything with your kid’s teeth is in tip-top shape.
Routine dental visits are necessary year-round but a back-to-school checkup is crucial in maintaining ideal oral health. In fact, most school-age children are harboring cavities. So, even if your child isn’t complaining about tooth pain, it’s important to take them to the family dentist at least twice a year.
Dental issues cause children to miss over 51 million hours of school each year. Prevention and early detection can help your child avoid pain, speaking issues, trouble eating, and school absences.
Have a Plan
Summer in Cedar Rapids is full of fun activities. Between family gatherings, farmers markets, camping trips, and cookouts, the time can go by quickly. If you forget to make that family dentist appointment and find yourself scrambling when August rolls around, you’ll have a difficult time getting an appointment. The rush is pretty intense, and while the friendly staff at Joyner Dental Arts is here for you, it’s easy for our pre-school calendar to fill up.
Give yourself enough time to call us. Set a reminder on your phone, write it on your calendar, and don’t be afraid to give us a call months in advance. We’ll also send out reminders when your child is due for their next checkup.
Important Dental Habits for Home
At Joyner Dental Arts, we love to see kids for a cavity-free checkup. As an office that specializes in quality family dentistry in the Cedar Rapids area, we believe that good dental hygiene starts at home. Parents play a critical role in helping their children develop a positive routine that includes brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing once a day.
If you’re unsure of what to teach your child, here’s an age-appropriate guide:
Under 6 Years
Children start to become independent at this age so it’s natural for them to want to do all the brushing themselves. However, if your child doesn’t possess all the fine motor skills necessary, get them started and jump in if necessary.
This is also a time of growth, so your child may be brushing their teeth the same way they did at age 2 or 3, which is no longer sufficient.
Ages 7 to 12
Your child is adept at brushing their own teeth by now, the trick is to make sure they do it. Be positive and encourage healthy brushing and flossing habits even if that means you have to remind them more often.
Ages 12 to 18
At this point, your child is really a young adult, which means it’s a critical time for dental health. Kids who take care of their teeth tend to be lax in this stage because they haven’t yet seen the consequences of not. And while Joyner Dental Arts doesn’t offer orthodontic services, we know how important it is for your children to look after their teeth if they do have braces. Encourage them to brush twice a day for at least two minutes and pay attention to the areas around those brackets.
Book Your Appointment Today
Now is the best time to schedule your child’s back-to-school dentist appointment with Dr. Deb Joyner. Call our office today at 319-377-9504 to book your child’s appointment.