Summer is coming to a close, which means that parents are scrambling to get their children ready for the upcoming schoolyear. You’re probably buying pencils, notebooks, new shoes, folders, and so much more to check off your kids’ back to school list. However, there’s an item that you’re probably forgetting: a routine checkup and cleaning with your dentist in Manchester. Taking them in for a dental visit before school starts will not only ensure their positive oral health, but it will set them up for a successful year of education. Keep reading to learn why you should always schedule a dental appointment before the end of summer.
Why Dental Care is Important for Children
Did you know that one of the leading chronic health problems in children is cavities? Kids are more susceptible to tooth decay and other dental problems because they typically can’t brush properly and enjoy a sugar-filled diet. However, untreated decay can lead to pain and other serious issues. In fact, children with untreated dental problems are more likely to receive a lower GPA than students with good oral hygiene.
Additionally, it’s estimated that around 51 million hours of school are missed each year for dental related issues. For this reason alone, you can take your child to see the dentist before school to keep them educated and in class. Dental problems can also cause children to develop speech impediments, affecting their social skills and development.
The Convenience of Summertime Visits
A dental appointment before the schoolyear is not only vital to your child’s health and development, but it’s incredibly convenient for parents! This is a great opportunity to take advantage of the free time that you and your little ones have. The best part is that when it’s time for another appointment in 6 months, it will be right in the middle of their winter break, allowing your kids to stay in school as much as possible.
What Your Dentist Checks For
Routine dental appointments are for much more than just cleaning teeth. While hygienists can reach places that you or and your child simply can’t, the most important part of this visit occurs during the checkup. Your dentist will carefully examine your child’s mouth to check for oral health issues and abnormalities. These checkups work by preventing and detecting problems while they are still small, which helps you avoid more extensive and expensive dental work in the future.
Are you ready to set your children up for a successful year? Request an appointment with your dentist to check off one of the most significant items on your little one’s back to school list!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Sara E. Curcio loves treating children and she’s even volunteered her time with Give Kids a Smile—a program for children without access to regular dental care. She currently practices at South Windsor Dental, and she can be reached through her website or by phone at (860) 644-2476 for any questions.