With the new school year just around the corner (hard to believe, isn’t it?), we’re sure you’ll be spending time getting things your kids will need for the first day of classes:
Pens and pencils ✔
Dental cleanings ✔
You do have that last item on your list, right? We’ll share a few reasons why you should in a moment, but we hope to see you at one of our Davenport Dental Group locations if you live in or near Laredo, TX.
To make an appointment, you can call our Junction Drive office at (956) 242-6745 or our Winfield office at (956) 517-2695.
Oral Health And Education
Believe it or not, a healthy mouth can play a role in your children’s success in school. To put this another way, an unhealthy mouth can become an obstacle to your kids’ education.
The Children’s Dental Health Project has reported on this.
A study of students in North Carolina found that kids with unhealthy mouths were three times more likely to miss school than their peers. A different study in Los Angeles found that dental problems were a factor in around one-third of missed school days.
A national survey revealed that 1 in 7 children between 6 and 12 years old reported a toothache in the previous six months. That is more concerning when you consider another survey that found that students who reported recent toothaches were four times more likely to have lower grades than their peers.
By taking steps today to avoid or treat tooth decay and other oral health issues, you will be giving your kids a better chance to do well at school.
It Starts With A Dental Cleaning & Exam
Everyone should be brushing and flossing their teeth on a daily basis. Along with that, you family should be visiting us for regular dental cleanings and exams.
This gives us a chance to help you in two ways. First, one of our dental professionals will remove any plaque or tartar buildup in your kids’ mouths. Second, if we see a cavity or gum disease, we can take action to take care of it now before classes begin.
The foundation of our family dentistry is basic preventive care.
Get Extra Credit With Dental Sealants & Fluoride
Speaking of prevention, while you are visiting either of our Laredo offices, you also should ask about getting dental sealants and fluoride treatments. Both are good for your family for different but related reasons.
If you have been a parent, then you already know that your kids don’t always clean as well as you would like. Unfortunately, that also includes their teeth.
Consider dental sealants part of your backup plan to defend against tooth decay. Sealants cover the chewing surface of your kids’ molars, which are the teeth most likely to develop cavities. The sealants create a barrier that bacteria has to get through before they can damage those teeth.
Fluoride offers you another way to protect against decay. When bacteria eat into your teeth, they are demineralizing the teeth. Fluoride is a mineral. When it is applied to your teeth, it remineralizes them.
As a result, fluoride treatments can repair minor damage to your kids’ teeth, and fluoride can make healthy teeth even stronger.
Stay In The Game With Mouthguards
While your kids’ education is the most important part of returning to school, we also know that many kids are part of sports teams as well.
If your kids play football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, or almost any other sports, then they should be wearing athletic mouthguards. Whether mouthguards are required or not, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend them for most sports.
There’s a reason athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to suffer dental injuries than athletes who do wear mouthguards.
And the mouthguards that provide the best protection are custom-fitted to that person’s teeth. You can get these custom-made mouthguards as part of the general dentistry that we provide.
Be Ready For The First Day And More
By scheduling a dental visit at Davenport Dental Group now, you will be making it easier for your kids to focus on school when the first day arrives.
You can request an appointment with us by stopping by either of our office or by doing one of the following:
▶ Filling out our online form
▶ Calling 956-242-6745 for our Junction Drive office
▶ Calling 956-242-6745 for our Winfield office.