Summer is gradually drawing to a close, and parents everywhere are busy buying school supplies and getting their kids ready for the first day of school. You have backpacks in order, your shelves are stocked with healthy lunchtime snacks, and you feel confident you’re ready for the big day.
But don’t forget to add back-to-school exams to your to-do list! We want to ensure that your child enjoys the benefits of healthy teeth, so let’s take a look at the importance of preventive dental exams.
Cavities – The Most Common Childhood Disease
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, dental caries (tooth decay) are the most common chronic childhood disease. Research shows that over 50% of children between the ages of 6 and 11 have caries in their primary teeth.
Children need healthy teeth to eat and speak properly, and to smile confidently so they feel good about themselves. Cavities result in:
- Difficulty eating
- Speech problems
- Disinterest in playing
- Missed school time due to toothaches
- Difficulty concentrating and learning
Your Child’s Back-to-School Dental Exam
Your little one deserves to feel good about themselves, and having a healthy smile helps accomplish that. During back-to-school exams, Birmingham, AL dentist Dr. Aaron Cook will check your child’s teeth for signs of decay or changes since the last visit. If he finds a problem, he will address it at this time or, if necessary, schedule a follow-up visit to correct any conditions.
We know you would prefer your child to have a problem-free smile, and prevention is the key to achieving that. During your exam, Dr. we may find that your child will benefit from treatments like fluoride application or dental sealants to keep their teeth strong and healthy.
We know you want the best for your child, and the gift of excellent oral health is one that they will appreciate for the rest of their lives. Please call our office to arrange that all-important back-to-school exam!