Between homework, extracurricular activities, and everything else, there is a lot to manage in order to help your child start the school year right, such as keeping their smile healthy.
How Tooth Decay Can Affect Your Child's School Year
The effects of tooth decay and other dental health problems are not limited to overall health; they can have an effect on your child's school performance.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "about 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 have at least one untreated decayed tooth" and "1 of 7 (13%) adolescents aged 12 to 19 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth."
Untreated cavities can make it difficult for your child to eat, speak, or sit through class due to pain, and the pain might even cause them them miss days at school.
How to Prevent Tooth Decay
Luckily, tooth decay can be prevented, so here are some things you can do to help keep your child's smile healthy this school year:
Good oral Hygiene Habits
Brushing and flossing are important steps in keeping teeth healthy. If your child has difficulty brushing or flossing, supervise their brushing times to make sure they are cleaning their teeth properly.
Your child's diet can have a direct impact on the health of their teeth. Diets that are higher in sugar and refined carbohydrates can contribute to tooth decay, since bacteria uses these sugars to create acids that damage teeth.
Regular dental check-ups
During a professional teeth cleaning, dentists can remove plaque and tartar build-ups, reducing the risk of tooth decay. Regular dental appointments can also ensure that potential dental health problems are identified and treated early.
Ask About Dental Sealants
Sealants can help your child keep their teeth healthy and clean by preventing food and plaque from sticking to their teeth.
If you have questions about your child's dental care plan for the school year, contact our office, and we will be happy to answer your questions!