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Why Every Child Needs a Back-to-School Checkup

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Preparing for a new school year always seems to include a long to-do list.  Sure, buying school supplies and clothes are things you can take care of yourself, you will need to schedule a dental checkup with dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych for your child.

According to the ADA, a dental checkup is as important as immunizations and booster shots and should be a regular part of your back-to-school routine.

So let’s talk about why it’s so important to get a dental checkup before returning to school.

  1. The number one reason kids miss school is dental issues.

Over 50 million school hours are lost each year due to illnesses related to dental issues.  Childhood tooth decay is the longest lasting childhood illness, and pediatric dental disease is approximately 7 times more common than hay fever and 5 times more common than asthma.

  1. We can identify and treat problems before they worsen.

As part of your child’s dental cleaning, your dentist Columbia will also closely examine their teeth to identify any issues. When problems are identified and treated early, it may prevent your child from missing school because of a toothache. Early detection also usually means less costly treatments.

  1. A visit to the dentist helps your child maintain their healthy teeth.

Tooth decay is preventable, but younger children need to be educated regarding proper brushing and flossing.  Our hygienist utilizes tools to make sure your child is brushing his or her back teeth and behind the front teeth, which are areas that are vulnerable to decay.

  1. We can provide customized mouth guards to protect against injuries.

Did you know that dental injuries are some of the most common sports injuries for kids, teens and college students?  Your dentist Columbia can custom make a sports mouth guard that is designed specifically for your child’s mouth.

  1. Good oral health translates to good overall health.

According to your dentist Columbia, when left untreated, childhood tooth decay can have consequences far beyond what is revealed in the dental chair. Extensive decay can lead to malnourishment and bacterial infections. Pain and infection from problematic teeth can lead to problems with eating and speaking and even affect a child’s concentration in the classroom.

Don’t hesitate…call the office of dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych today to schedule your child’s back-to-school dental checkup before our schedule – and your child’s schedule – fills up!