Preventive dental care benefits people of all ages--from youngsters to senior adults. At Bolingbrook Dental Care, school dental check-ups help parents keep young mouths healthy. Here's what Rani Seeth DDS, Alina Huff DDS, Avanti Sanghavi DDS and Sarah Janowski DMD do during a routine exam and cleaning, and why each aspect of the procedure is so important.
Avoid Big Problems
The American Dental Association recommends routine exams and hygienic cleanings every six months. Timing one of those semi-annual check-ups just before school starts assures parents that children are starting the academic year right.
ADA research shows that more than half of kids between the ages of 5 and 9 have a cavity or filling. Left undetected and untreated, decay, gum disease and bite problems truly affect learning, especially if a child is experiencing dental pain. Serious dental problems lead to absenteeism and poor concentration in the classroom.
So, as the adage says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In other words, semi-annual exams and cleanings catch problems early before they become complex, costly, and detrimental to overall health and well-being.
The dentists at Bolingbrook Dental Care include these services in a school dental check-up:
- visual inspection for signs of decay
- periodontal probing to check for gum disease
- bite and jaw development assessment
- x-rays to uncover hidden decay and maturation of adult teeth
The doctor also formulates a treatment plan based on diagnosed needs. She may recommend:
- orthodontic evaluation by age 7
- in-office fluoride treatments to strengthen enamel
- dental sealants applied to the cavity-prone chewing surfaces of young molars
- mouth guards for sports
In addition, your child will get his teeth cleaned and polished by a friendly, gentle hygienist. She will count his or her teeth and remove plaque and tartar from tooth surfaces, between teeth and at the gumline. Professional dental cleanings help prevent decay and gum disease caused by oral bacteria in plaque.
The hygienist teaches young patients proper brushing and flossing techniques--other important tools to keep teeth strong and gums healthy. She emphasizes a healthy diet, including fresh fruits and vegetables, high fiber breads, lean meats, yogurt and milk from the dairy and plenty of fresh water. Water actually stimulates the production of saliva--nature's own tooth and gum cleaner.
Schedule Your Child's Check-up
While winter, spring and summer vacations are great times to get to Bolingbrook Dental Care for a school dental check-up, many convenient appointment times are available. Why not make a phone call to the office today to schedule your child's dental check-up? Phone (630) 739-5500.