It's Time for Your Family's Back-to-School Dental Exams
Making a dental check-up part of your kids' back-to-school routine is an excellent addition to a fresh start. It's also a way to remind them of the habits they may have let slide during the summer.
Below, the team at Made Ya Smile Sugar Land in Sugarland, TX explains why a back-to-school dental check-up is in your child's best interests.
Why start the school year with a dental exam?
Summer is a time to enjoy life, but sometimes our healthy eating and dental hygiene habits fall by the wayside in the name of having fun. But summer eventually ends, and the start of the school year is an ideal time to remind your family that caring for their teeth is a crucial part of good health.
Sugary frozen treats, family vacations, and falling asleep at friends' houses are the hallmarks of summer. And if kids (or parents!) let brushing and flossing slide during these good times, chances are they have some tartar buildup on their teeth.
The good news is an annual dental exam at Made Ya Smile Sugar Land can get the whole family back on the right track.
What does a dental exam involve?
Dental check-ups are crucial to keeping teeth, jaws, and gums healthy and free of disease and decay. Our dentists will ensure your child can eat, speak, and smile without discomfort and our hygienists can also perform a cleaning at the same time to get rid of the tartar and plaque that sticks to teeth and causes cavities.
During an exam, one of Made Ya Smile Sugar Land's dentists will inspect your teeth and other oral structures to ensure there are no signs of cavities or other abnormalities that need attention. It's a great way to prevent any problems from progressing to the point of needing restorative dental care.
If there are warning signs of dental problems, you and your child will find out which teeth or other structures are affected so you can take special care to brush and floss more thoroughly. A dental exam will uncover early warning signs of periodontal (gum) disease, bone loss, oral cancer, TMJ disorders, or bite-related issues. And if you or your child have fillings, crowns, veneers, dentures, dental implants, or other restorations, our dentists will ensure they're still looking good and functioning correctly.
At Made Ya Smile Dental, an exam typically involves a physical inspection of the mouth and may include advanced technology such as low-radiation 3D imaging and x-rays, and high-definition intraoral photos.
When should I schedule my child's back-to-school dental exam?
Dental check-ups can be scheduled at any time of the year. Typically, we like to see patients twice a year for dental cleanings with a dental hygienist, and one of those appointments will also involve a dental exam from one of our dentists.
Scheduling a dental exam at the beginning of the school year can help you plan any follow-up care for the rest of the calendar year. It can also give parents the information they need to potentially plan for braces or other orthodontic interventions for their child.
Schedule your child's back-to-school dental check-up in Sugar Land, TX
The team of dentists at Made Ya Smile Dental in Sugar Land, TX are caring and committed to making annual dental exams as helpful and comfortable as possible for your child.
Even if your family's dental hygiene is on track, we still recommend an annual exam. The sooner you schedule an appointment with our team, the more prepared you'll be for sending your kids back to school. So give us a call today to set up an appointment for your child.