With the start of the new academic year just weeks away, you may have a school supply list you are working through. We would recommend adding a dental checkup to the list.
So, if you haven’t scheduled an appointment at our family dentist office in Oakmont, PA, contact us today. Call 412-828-3311 now to plan your visit to Oakmont Advanced Dentistry. Keep reading to learn some of the things we can do to help you prepare for the upcoming school year.
Take Your (Dental) Exam
Before classes begin, you want to feel confident that your kids are free from cavities and gum disease. Every year, students in the U.S. miss 51 million hours of education to oral health problems, according to the American Dental Association. Plus, kids who have oral health problems are four times more likely to get poor grades, according to the Children’s Dental Health Project.
With a professional dental cleaning and exam, you can feel confident that your children’s teeth are free of plaque and tartar buildup. If they are showing signs of decay or a gum infection, we’ll let you know. Then, we can treat any problems before they turn into a painful distraction during school.
Earn Extra Credit
In school, you can get extra credit for doing extra work. In terms of your family’s oral health, you can go beyond the basics to provide extra protection for their smiles.
Fluoride treatments are one great example of this. Tooth decay is the result of demineralization of teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that can replace what’s been lost and make teeth stronger. This can leave your family’s teeth more resistant to cavity-causing bacteria.
Dental sealants can be used in addition to or separate from fluoride treatments. Thinks of sealants as a transparent coat of armor for your family’s teeth. Sealant act as a barrier to keep bacteria from causing damage.
Stay In The Game
Many kids enjoy after-school activities, including sports. With the start of the new school year, the fall sports season is starting, too. And winter sports will be starting before you know it.
With that in mind, you should get athletic mouthguards for all the budding sports stars in your family. At our office, we can design custom-fitted mouthguards for each member of your family.
These mouthguards offer better protection than the kinds you will find its stores. Plus, our mouthguards are smaller, which makes them more comfortable than the bulky boil-and-bite kinds.
Wearing a mouthguard won’t stop an accident, but it can be the difference between replacing a tooth and fixing a sore lip.
We Hope To See You Soon
We wish you and your family a safe and successful school year. You can help your family start the year on a healthy note by planning a visit with our family dentist soon.