Having a healthy smile won’t make your kids smarter, but an unhealthy mouth can be detrimental to your child’s education.
This isn’t just something we believe. It’s something that’s been reflected in research. The Children’s Dental Health Project has shared some information that you should know. A national survey found that 14 percent of kids 6 to 12 years old reported that they’d had a toothache in the last six months. Another study found that kids with poor oral health are four times more likely to have lower grades than their classmates.
The American Dental Association has pointed out that dental health issues lead to 51 million hours of missed classes every year in the United States.
When you are checking items off your back-to-school list, you should include a dental cleaning and exam at our office in Wayne, PA. You can call 610-227-6143 to plan your visit to Wayne Dental Care before classes begin.
On the first day of school, your child may not be smiling (although we know lots of parents are). Regardless of how kids might act when they have to return to school, they do want to have reasons to smile. And you want to them to have a nice smile when picture day rolls around.
To lay the foundation for that, we emphasize and encourage preventive care. That starts at home with a consistent daily oral hygiene routine. Here’s a quick reminder of the ADA’s recommendations.
When brushing, clean your teeth for two minutes, twice per day. Be sure to scrub them on all sides. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized drop of toothpaste. This removes harmful bacteria and plaque from your teeth. By removing plaque, you can prevent tartar buildup, too.
As important as brushing is, you still should floss daily. This is necessary to remove plaque, bacteria, and food particles from the spaces between your teeth and gums. If dental floss isn’t your thing, try using flossers or a water flosser instead.
The third thing you should do is get regular checkups at our family dentist office. Whether you have toddlers or teenagers, our team can take care of their teeth. At every stage of development, you will want to know how they are doing.
If we do discover a problem, we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we can. By treating decay and gum disease early, you can help your kids avoid painful and distracting problems down the road.
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For an added level of protection for your family’s smiles, ask us about fluoride treatments and dental sealants. Fluoride is a mineral. When it’s applied to your teeth, it makes them stronger and more capable of resisting decay. Sealants are a coating that prevents harmful bacteria from attacking the surface of your teeth.
Do Your Homework & Visit Us
Before classes begin, encourage your kids to keep up their daily brushing and flossing. Then, visit our Wayne, PA office for a dental cleaning and exam.