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It’s that time of year again: back-to-school season! As you’re stocking up on notebooks, pens, and backpacks, don’t forget about a crucial element to your child’s overall well-being – their oral health. Dental hygiene plays a significant role in your children’s lives, affecting not only their smiles but their overall health and ability to concentrate in school.
Give your kids the best start possible by scheduling a dental checkup and teeth cleaning before the bell rings. Keep reading to find out why this appointment should be high on your to-do list.
Why All Students Need a Dental Checkup and Teeth Cleaning
Dental problems can quickly develop and worsen during the school year, as students navigate the cafeteria’s sugary treats and spend long hours sitting in classrooms (which can lead to teeth grinding).
An early dental checkup and cleaning can uncover potential issues before they become bigger problems that may require time-consuming and expensive treatments. Good oral health contributes to overall wellness and self-esteem, giving your child a confident smile and a chance to shine both inside and outside the classroom.
What to Expect During the Appointment
During your child’s dental checkup, Dr. H. Martinez will perform a thorough examination of their teeth and gums, checking for any signs of cavities, gum disease, or other issues that may require attention. X-rays may also be taken to ensure there are no hidden problems lurking below the surface.
The teeth cleaning itself is essential for maintaining a healthy mouth, as it removes plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Your child’s teeth will be polished to look and feel their best, and you will be given advice on proper brushing, flossing, and other oral care tips to maintain a healthy smile throughout the school year.
Affordable Dental Care
Taking the first step towards a lifetime of good oral health has never been more affordable. At Big Apple Pediatric Dentistry, we understand the importance of early dental care and are excited to offer our $99 new patient special.
This offer includes a comprehensive dental exam, a thorough cleaning, fluoride treatment, and x-rays, all for the unbeatable price of $99. It’s an excellent opportunity for new patients to experience our caring, professional services while ensuring their smiles are ready for the school year and beyond.
Tips For Healthy Smiles
In addition to scheduling a dental checkup and teeth cleaning, there are several other ways you can encourage your children to practice good oral hygiene.
- Help them brush for two minutes at least twice daily (use fun music or a timer to make it more enjoyable).
- Have your child floss once per day.
- Reduce sugary and processed snacks in their diets.
- Give them plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Encourage them to drink plenty of water each day.
- Schedule regular dental checkups throughout the year.
- Wear a mouth guard when engaging in sports.
Healthy smiles are essential for healthy bodies and minds, so make sure to add a dental checkup and teeth cleaning to your back-to-school list this year! To schedule an appointment for you child, contact Big Apple Pediatric Dentistry today! A friendly member of our team will be happy to assist you with your scheduling needs and answer any questions you may have.
Make sure your child starts the school year off right – book their dental appointment today!
Big Apple Pediatric Dentistry
Your Pediatric Dentist in Phoenix
At Big Apple Pediatric Dentistry, we specialize in kids’ teeth cleaning, ensuring that your little ones maintain healthy and bright smiles all year round. If you are searching for a kids’ dentist that accepts Medicaid, call (602) 935-7427 to book an appointment or complete the online booking form.
We look forward to seeing your smiles soon!
Additional Resources for Kids Dental Health
We understand that oral health may not be on the top of your list, so we’ve put together a few resources to help get you started. Check out these articles from our blog:
- Creative Ways to Encourage Kids to Brush Their Teeth
- Teach Kids To Floss in 5 Easy Steps
- Fluoride: The Superhero Mineral For Kids’ Dental Health
- Healthy Diet, Healthy Teeth!
FAQs About Kids Dental Health
How Often Should I Take My Child for Regular Checkups?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit their dentist every six months, or as recommended by your dentist.
Are Sealants Necessary?
Sealants are a great way to protect your child’s teeth from cavities. They are usually applied on the premolars and molars, which are at high risk of developing tooth decay due to their deep grooves. Talk to Dr. H. Martinez about whether sealants may be helpful for your child. For more information, read Are Dental Sealants Really Necessary.
How Do I Prevent My Child From Grinding Their Teeth?
Teeth grinding is common among children, especially when going through stressful times at school or in social situations. Make sure your child gets enough sleep and practice relaxation exercises like deep breathing before bedtime. Additionally, you may want to talk to Dr. H. Martinez to determine whether a mouth guard may be beneficial for your child.