Most children get their physicals and immunizations before they start school. It is just as important for children to get their teeth and gums examined by a Katy pediatric dentist before they go back to school. Tooth decay affects 19 percent of children who are between the ages of 2 and 19. Dental pain can be excruciating, and it can cause children to have to miss school.
Your child’s back-to-school dental checklist should include the following:
A Dental Examination
The purpose of a dental examination is to detect dental problems. It is easy for teachers and parents to miss the signs of a dental problem. Your Katy pediatric dentist may recommend sealants or fluoride treatments in order to prevent cavities. Having dental problems corrected early can prevent your child from missing school or needing more expensive dental dental work later down the road.
Good Oral Hygiene
It is important to brush with fluoridated toothpaste and floss. It is a good idea to buy several toothbrushes while you are shopping for school supplies because children will need to change their toothbrushes every three months. You can also opt to change your child’s toothbrush every time they get a report card. Ask the dentist about how often you will need to change the toothbrush.
Eat Healthy Snacks and Lunches
You can pack healthy snacks along with your child’s lunch such as raw vegetables, milk, cheese, fruit and yogurt. If your child will be eating lunch at school, then you will need to review the food choices. Limit sugary drinks and foods.
If your child plays sport, then they will need to wear a mouthguard that fits properly. This will greatly reduce the risk of a mouth injury. It is also a good idea for a child to wear a mouthguard during PE class or playing on the playground.
About our Katy Pediatric Dental Practice
Greater Houston Pediatric Dentistry is located in West Houston and Katy, Texas. Our board-certified dentists specialize in treating children in a fun, safe and learning environment. We invite you to make an appointment for your child’s dental needs online or by calling: (832) 437-1110