Parents: Remember to Schedule Back-to-School Dental Appointments
The dentists and staff at Prosthodontics of Princeton specialize in general, reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry to provide our patients with comprehensive dental care to help them achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles!
Now that we’re in the month of August, it’s that time of the year once again when you and your school-aged kids begin to prepare for the upcoming school year. Our dentists and staff would like to remind parents to schedule those back-to-school dental appointments before the rush. A dental exam is just as important as booster shots and other routine physical examinations like hearing and vision tests that help ensure kids are in good health before school starts.
Regular Checkups Help Keep Dental Decay at Bay
Statistics tell us that tooth decay affects American children more than any other chronic infectious disease and that approximately 20% of youngsters aged 2 to 19 have untreated tooth decay. Tooth decay can lead to pain and difficulty eating, speaking and learning. If left untreated, tooth decay can also lead to tooth loss. The good news is that tooth decay is entirely preventable!
How to Prevent Tooth Decay
Tooth decay can be prevented by:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice per day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing daily, preferably at bedtime
- Eating nutritious, balanced meals and limit snacking
- Seeing your dentist regularly for exams and professional cleanings
Importance of Regular Checkups
Ideally, kids should see their dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and routine exam. These regular dental visits help keep the teeth and gums healthy. You can think of regular dental visits as continued maintenance which helps protect your child\’s smile rather than waiting until a problem arises. There are two main parts to a dental exam: The checkup where your dentist will check for any signs of trouble including cavities, plaque and tartar and the cleaning when your dentist will remove tartar using a process called scaling. Your dentist will then floss between your teeth and may even polish your teeth to remove any surface stains.
Contact Your Princeton, NJ Dentist
Now is a great time to schedule those dental appointments for your kids before the school year begins. Just give us a call at (609) 924-1975 to set up an appointment time! We look forward to seeing you in our office soon! And of course, our Princeton, NJ dentists and staff would like to wish all our school-aged patients good luck in the upcoming academic year!