Summer 2018 Newsletter
To Family Dental Associates, one of the most important tools a child can have during these impressionable years is self-confidence. Building self-confidence early will make it easier to make friends, pursue extra-curricular activities they may not have considered, and improve their overall sense of self-worth. We will always support education, teachers, and completing summer schoolwork, but parents should be aware of the power that a healthy smile can provide as well.
Having a good smile can do wonders for your child’s self-esteem, while having a smile filled with tooth decay, gum disease, and crowding teeth will only make their lives more difficult and negatively affect their self-confidence. By bringing them in for a summer appointment, they’ll get the chance to keep their mouth healthy and learn habits that last into adulthood, all at a practice that caters to their needs.
When it comes to children’s dentistry, your dentist is no stranger to the threat that is childhood dental disease. Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease in the country, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. This condition often results in chronic pain, difficulty eating a balanced diet, and even premature tooth loss. These side effects can have long-lasting implications for your child’s self-esteem and schooling experience.
Therefore, it’s imperative that they practice sufficient at-home care and visit regularly to catch tooth decay and other issues before they develop, including:
- Overcrowding (increasing the need for braces later)
- Early signs of gum disease
- Teeth-damaging habits (i.e. thumb-sucking, chewing inedible objects, and nail-biting)
You may not realize how much of an effect visiting the dentist has for your child, especially when you’re there getting your own preventive visit completed as well. When children see you taking care of your own oral health, they’re far more likely to understand the importance of scheduling routine visits every six months. Bringing them in during the summer allows you to lead by example and have more time to address questions you or your child has.
Furthermore, your child will have more incentive to maintain good at-home care if they realize that a professional is going to be examining them regularly. In the event they need additional protection, dental sealants can do wonders for their teeth as they perfect their self-care. Just make sure to supervise them and offer advice from your dentist!
Since your child is going to be busy during the school year, especially once they get more involved with after-school activities and make new friends, they need a family dentistry that can accommodate their busy schedule just as much as your own.
That’s why we offer block scheduling five days a week during the early morning and late evening hours, not just for your child to take advantage of, but the whole family as well. Getting multiple family members treated in a single visit is much easier through this method and makes remembering when it’s time to revisit an easier process.
When your child has a healthy smile they’re confident to show off, you make their school year that much better. The peace of mind that their oral health is in good hands, as well as the confidence boost they’ll get, is always worth the time and cost of preventive dental visits. We hope the next time that you, a friend, or colleague needs family dental care, you’ll recommend Family Dental Associates for all your needs under one roof!