As your children return to the school, you want to make sure they go back with all the supplies and new clothes they need. However, don’t forget about the smile! A back-to-school checkup and cleaning will help ensure your little ones start the new school year with a strong and healthy smile. In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, dentist will discuss our checkups for children.
Checkups for Children
Kids ages two and older should have a checkup every six months, so we can watch the smile as it grows and develops, and identify and treat issues as they arise to prevent major complications. These visits also help instill good habits, as we can discuss proper smile care. Kids also enjoy a reduced risk of dental anxiety as they become accustomed to seeing the dentist, and may be more likely to continue visiting after they grow up. A checkup lets us watch for tooth decay, dental infection, and gingivitis. We also make sure the baby teeth fall out on schedule, and that the permanent teeth erupt properly. If misalignment begins to develop, we can discuss possible solutions to guide the growth of the smile too.
During these visits, we can also discuss preventive treatments to lower the risk of tooth decay. For example, we can apply fluoride to the teeth every six months, which helps keep the enamel strong. For kids who have trouble reaching the rear molars when brushing and flossing, we can apply dental sealants. These coat the rear teeth and prevent food from becoming stuck between them. The sealants then stay in place for up to ten years, helping your kids avoid decay in their little smiles.
Protecting Little Smiles
We clean the teeth during these visits too, which removes the harmful plaque buildup that could cause cavities or gingivitis. At home, you can help your kids by making sure they brush and floss daily and also enjoy a healthier diet and drink plenty of water. Better care at home and healthier snacks could also help protect the smile. Now that the school year is beginning, your kids will likely adhere to a schedule, which makes setting aside time to clean the teeth much easier. If you have any questions about how we treat a child’s smile and help them stay strong, then contact our team today.
Schedule Your Child’s Visit Today
We would like to help your kids enjoy optima oral health as the new school year begins. Schedule an appointment today and learn more about children’s dentistry. You can also call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. Find our office at 15010 S Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.