We hope you and your family are enjoying the summer break from school.
Yet, you will be looking for school supplies and back-to-school clothes before you know it. While you are out and about, it might be a good time to schedule a dental cleaning and exam.
Having a nice smile isn’t just important on picture day. It also might make a difference in how you children do in school … and whether they are there.
By making an appointment at Atlanta West Dentistry in Marietta, GA, part of your back to school preparations, you’ll be doing your children a favor. You can reach us online or by calling 770-744-4619.
Oral Health And Education
Dr. C. Everett Koop, who served as US Surgeon General from 1982 to 1989, often said, “You’re not healthy without good oral health.”
And believe it or not, your children’s oral health can affect their education as well. The Children’s Dental Health Project reported on this in its “State of Dental Health.” Here is some of the information they shared:
○ A national survey found that 1 in 7 children between the ages of 6 and 12 had suffered a toothache in the past six months.
○ Another study showed that children with poor oral health were three times more likely to miss school due to dental pain.
○ Still another study suggested that one-third of missed days of school were the result of dental problems.
○ And last but not least, children who suffered from toothaches were more likely to have lower grades than their peers.
Oral health can affect your family in a lot of ways. Don’t let it rob your children of their education.
Preventive Care Pays Off
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
That saying has been attributed to Benjamin Franklin, and it applies to dental care as well as it applies to anything.
If you take steps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, you can save yourself from many other oral health problems. Tooth decay can lead to painful tooth infections that require expensive treatments, while gum disease remains the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.
With this in mind, here’s an overview of what you and your family can do to fight the bacteria that cause plaque and tartar, which can lead to more serious oral health problems.
BRUSH YOUR TEETH twice a day. By scrubbing your teeth for two minutes, you have plenty of time to clean your teeth from all angles (front and back). We recommend using a pea-sized squeeze of fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
FLOSS YOUR TEETH every day. By flossing, we mean you should clean the spaces between your teeth and gums. Brushing is a great way for cleaning the surfaces of your teeth, but it’s not as effective at getting the in-between places.
Using dental floss, a water flosser, or another interdental cleaner is the best way to remove food particles and prevent plaque buildup.
VISIT THE DENTIST regularly. We recommend having dental cleanings at least a couple times each year. This gives our team of dental professionals a chance to remove any plaque or tartar that you may have missed.
Just as important, we can examine your mouth for any signs of decay or gum disease. Early detection makes treatment easier and less expensive, too.
SEAL YOUR TEETH to protect against bacteria. Cleanings and exams are the foundations of preventive dentistry, but you can do more. Dental sealants and fluoride treatments offer another level of protection.
If you are a parent, then you know that your children don’t always brush as well as you would like (no matter what they say). They don’t always floss, and they sometimes eat more sweets than they should.
Dental sealants provide an added layer of protection for just this reason. Sealants create a barrier between your kids’ most vulnerable teeth and the bacteria that cause tooth decay.
Fluoride treatments help in another way. Fluoride is a mineral. When it’s applied to your family’s teeth, it can repair minor damage and make their enamel stronger. This is another way to help prevent cavities.