A new school year brings new routines and its own set of unique challenges for a child. For this reason, it's essential the transition back to school be as healthy as possible. By taking the time before classes begin to schedule a visit to the office of Maplewood Dental Group your child can begin school with a smile that's in tip-top condition.
Tooth decay is the most common, chronic childhood disease. In fact, according to statistics, over 50 percent of 5 to 9-year-old children and 70% of teens have at least one cavity or filling. Additionally, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illness. While these numbers are alarmingly high, there is good news! With good oral hygiene and regular professional care, tooth decay is highly preventable.
As skilled providers of care, we're well equipped to monitor your child's ongoing oral health. At every checkup visit, we examine the teeth and all of the surrounding soft tissues, as well as check your child's bite and jaw alignment. We may also take a few diagnostic films as needed to check for tooth decay, infection, and to evaluate the developing teeth and underlying bone. Our dentist will then let you know if any cavities or other dental issues are present that require timely intervention or care.
We emphasize the importance of preventive care as the best way to maintain a healthy smile. In addition to providing a professional cleaning to eliminate any accumulated dental plaque or debris, we also educate children and parents as to the best methods of brushing and flossing. Furthermore, as an added level of protection against tooth decay, we often recommend the periodic application of topical fluoride and the placement of dental sealants.
Remember, good dental routines established in youngsters provide a strong foundation for maintaining a lifetime of excellent oral health. At the office of Maplewood Dental Group, we're dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our practice and the many services we provide, give us a call today.
By Maplewood Dental Group
August 23, 2019