When children start school, your schedule becomes very busy! Which means finding time to see the dentist for an exam can be difficult. Which is why we suggest making an appointment now! In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about using these visits to diagnose and treat issues before your children start school.
Starting School with Healthy Smiles
We want our kids to start school with everything they need, such as school supplies and new clothes. But they should also start a new year with healthy, bright smiles too! When you schedule a checkup now, we can examine the smile with digital technology and make a diagnosis with accuracy and precision, identifying problems early and treating them before they cause discomfort or put smiles in danger. In some cases, treatment could take only one visit, such as a filling placement. This prevents them from missing school and extracurricular activities to visit the dentist.
In the same visit, our team will also clean the teeth. The dental cleaning essentially means we remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth. We do so gently and thoroughly, as removing plaque lowers the risk of not only bad breath and teeth stains, but cavities and even gingivitis.
Checkups and Dental Cleanings
The checkup is a chance to look for signs of tooth decay, dental infections, and gingivitis. We also keep an eye out for symptoms of teeth grinding and will make sure issues with the loss of baby teeth and the arrival of permanent ones aren’t leading to dental misalignment. Since serious oral health issues take months to form, a checkup twice a year means a greater chance of treating them early! Kids ages two and older should see us every six months for an exam and cleaning, and consider making an appointment anytime they complain about aching teeth, as this could be a sign of trouble.
Fluoride and Dental Sealants
Did you know we can also offer two unique preventive treatments to help protect little smiles during the school year? With fluoride, we apply a special gel to the teeth that will strengthen the outer enamel and decrease the risk of cavities. The rear teeth are often hard to reach for kids when they brush and floss. But by placing a thin plastic coating on the molars, we prevent food particles from being caught on or between these teeth, lowering the risk of cavities in the more vulnerable part of the smile.
Your Kansas City, MO Dentist Offers Children’s Dentistry
Our team wants to help kids start a new school year with better oral health! If you want to learn more about helping your kids obtain better oral health, or if you want to schedule a visit, then contact your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000.