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By Annelise Hardin, DDS
July 30, 2017
Category: Dental Health
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It’s Time for Back-to-School Dental Checkups!

While the heat and fun of summer are certainly not over yet, Labor Day and the start of the new school year are creeping closer and closer with every blistering hot day here in Chapel Hill. That means back-to-school shopping, errands, and appointments, and scheduling your child’s dental checkup should definitely be one of them.

Catching Dental Problems Early Will Keep Kids in School

Unlike popular belief, the number one health problem that keeps children from attending school is dental work, either from being signed out for major dental work or for the recovery time required after major dental work keeping them from going back to school. In order to prevent the underlying dental issues that contribute to having to leave school to see their pediatric dentist, ensuring that your child has regular dental checkups is key to pre-screening bigger problems down the road. With the amount of free time that kids have during summer break, this is the optimal time to visit the dentist and have dental work done when there’s no school to miss.

Start the New School Year Off with a Clean Slate

As with many new beginnings with children, the best way to acclimatize them to a new school year is to stick to a routine. As the years go by, ensuring that the same back-to-school routine is in place will help them get ready and get excited about going back to school, which makes it the perfect time to incorporate a dental checkup.
Back-to-school is all about new, clean, and revamped things – new clothes, unsharpened pencils, and being healthy and ready for the new year. This includes any medical checkups too – so keeping your child’s dental checkup appointment scheduled as a part of the back to school routine ensures that your child goes back to school healthy.

Your Child Needs a Dental Checkup Twice a Year

The importance of routine and pre-screenings are vital, but even more important is that your child sees their dentist for a checkup and cleaning once every six months. While that may seem like common knowledge, it can be easier than you’d think to forget to ensure that your child is visiting the dentist regularly. Ensuring that you schedule a back-to-school appointment not only keeps your child from missing school and keeps them on a routine, it helps you to remember the season of the appointment and to keep to it.

Think of it like it’s a part of the back-to-school checklist: you want to make sure that your child has everything they need to be happy and healthy at school, so why not make dental health a part of that checklist?

Schedule your child’s back-to-school dental appointment in Chapel Hill today

Ensure your child’s teeth sparkle on their first day back school by making an appointment with Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry for a checkup. Call us at 919-967-2773 or request an appointment.