Summer is coming to an end, and parents everywhere are getting their kids ready for the first day of school. It’s a busy time, but while you are making all the arrangements, don’t forget to schedule a back-to-school dental exam.
The Most Common Childhood Illness
Dental caries (tooth decay) is the number one chronic childhood disease for children between the ages of 6 and 11 years old. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that 23% of children between 2 and 11 have untreated decay.
Benefits of Routine Dental Visits
Bringing your child to the dentist for a back-to-school exam is a good idea, but maintaining a regular schedule of routine visits has other benefits.
- First, we can monitor their oral health over time so we can treat existing issues and anticipate problems. Your child also benefits from regular visits, because the more frequently we see them, the more comfortable they will be with us.
- Another important reason for routine preventive visits is that dental caries can be transferred from one person to another. If your child shares a utensil with another child at school, they are at risk for developing decay even if you take excellent care of their teeth at home.
- During your child’s visits, we can help reinforce the idea of healthy oral hygiene habits. Your dentist in Allentown can answer your questions, show you and your child proper brushing techniques, and provide other tips for managing your child’s oral health at home.
Call our Allentown Office for Your Child’s Appointment!
We don’t expect you to know everything about your child’s oral health – that is why we are here for you! Your little one deserves a healthy smile that lasts long into adulthood. If it is time for your child’s back-to-school exam, please give us a call.