As families all over California get ready for the upcoming school year, your favorite Moraga dentist has an important reminder: Don’t forget to schedule back to school dental visits for the kids. It’s a busy time every year, but your kids’ dental care is the last thing you want to neglect.
Dental checkups are an important part of making sure that children kick the school year off right. Learning is all about good habits and their reinforcement, and the stakes are high when it comes to our kids dental behaviors. Tooth decay is the #1 chronic disease among young kids, and many people don’t know that good dental health is closely correlated to academic success. Just as importantly, a back-to-school dental checkup is parents’ perfect chance to reinforce good habits like brushing and flossing.
Children with dental health issues can face obstacles at school, and pain can often make it difficult to concentrate on studies. Untreated dental problems can lead to difficulty speaking and eating, and can contribute to self-esteem issues and poor nutrition. To avoid these problems, cultivate a strong relationship with your kids’ dental care provider. After all, we are both working toward the same goal: the overall health and well-being of your kids.
Reinforcing Positive Dental Behaviors
Scheduling routine dental visits and practicing consistent oral care at home are the best ways to ensure the enduring oral health of your children. Of course, many kids have a sweet tooth, but it’s important to remember how seriously that sugar can damage your child’s teeth. As parents, we should moderate our kids’ intake of sugary junk foods, especially things like candy and soda. To keep kids’ teeth healthy between dental visits, practice the 3-2-1 Rule: eat three healthy meals, brush twice, and floss once every day.
Here’s to a great school year! Remember, make sure to schedule your Back to School Checkup if you haven’t yet. We’ll look forward to seeing you in our Moraga dental offices soon!