Back-To-School season is here, and this year it comes with a lot of changes and perhaps a bit more stress. It has been a year of unknowns and caution for most of us, and our health is on our minds more than it was before. Sending kids back to school with some confidence in their smile and knowing they have the skills and know-how to take care of their oral health can go a long way in preparing them for all the back-to-school anxiety and excitement! A cleaning and dental checkup is the perfect way to start the school year!
What Happens At Your Kid’s Dentist For A Cleaning And Checkup
If your child has been to the dentist before, they already know what to expect and a back-to-school checkup will be no different. It will just take 30 or so minutes to examine the teeth, gums, soft tissues, and mouth to make sure every part is healthy. The teeth will be cleaned and polished, and the dentist will check for cavities. X-rays may be taken depending on when the last ones were taken. Your Idaho Falls kids dentist will review with your child the importance of regular brushing and flossing to prevent cavities and gum disease, and make sure the child knows proper brushing and flossing techniques.
And that is it! Making a dentist appointment before school starts for the year will be easier to get the kids to, as you won’t have to take them out of school for a daytime appointment, or have to rush to a busy after school appointment. You can make the appointments part of the back-to-school schedule, emphasize to your kids how a clean and healthy smile is just as important as a new outfit and new school supplies. In fact, you can make part of your back to school shopping involve a new toothbrush, new floss, and let your child pick out their favorite toothpaste! This will be a good way to blend the back to school routines of preparing for school and for the dental visit! Your Idaho Falls kid’s dentist will reinforce your child’s good brushing and flossing habits, and can also help motivate the kids with less than ideal habits.
You can talk to your kids about how healthy teeth cleaning habits are like homework and study, a daily part of life. Kids that feel like they are in charge of their health and well being will be able to go back to school in these uneasy times with confidence and optimism. Be sure to remind them that their healthy mouth depends on their habits at home, and regular visits to their Idaho Falls family dentist. Make this back-to-school season the best yet with a visit to your dentist before school starts, and get ready for a healthy, happy new school year!