- August 1, 2016
The first day of the new school year is right around the corner.
You’ve gone over your kids’ supply lists. You have all the pens, pencils, paper, and notebooks that your kids will need (you hope).
You’ve gone clothes shopping to get some new outfits for your children, and you’ve scheduled their back-to-school dental cleanings. Right?
If you haven’t thought about general dentistry for your kids, then we encourage you to do so before homework, practices, competitions, and fundraisers take over your free time.
And if you live in or near Ridgecrest, CA, then we welcome you to make your appointment at The Dentist House as soon as you can.
Benefits Of Family Dentistry
Let’s consider the benefits of having one place for all your family dentistry needs.
First, this is the best way to help you and your children keep your mouths healthy. Routine checkups can prevent or identify problems in the early stages when treatment is easier, less invasive, and less expensive.
Second, you can save time by coming to a comprehensive dental practice like The Dentist House. We can treat every member of your family. If you schedule your appointments at the same time, this means fewer trips to the dentist and less time at the dentist office.
We love spending time with our patients and their families, but we also realize that the dentist office is not high on most people’s places to hang out.
You can make efficient use of your time by having one place for your family to do and scheduling your appointments around the same time.
It’s not fair! (You can skip ahead if you’ve never heard this from your kids.)
As important as professional dental care is for every member of your family, your oral health starts with what you and your children to at home.
If you want to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, then you need to have a good oral hygiene routine.
Since you are getting ready for school, we will focus on the recommended habits for anyone who is old enough to brush his or her own teeth. All it takes is five minutes of each day.
The American Dental Association recommends that everyone brushes their teeth for two minutes twice a day. That’s four of the five minutes right there.
You should have two things when you brush.
First, make sure you have a soft-bristled toothbrush that is comfortable to hold and the appropriate size for your mouth. You should replace your toothbrush every three or four months.
Second, you need a fluoride toothpaste. You only need a small amount, about the size of a pea, to clean your teeth. Be sure to scrub them on all side and to brush your tongue before spitting out the toothpaste.
If you’ve done this twice, then you still have one more minute to go. This is enough time to do floss between your teeth and gums, which the ADA recommends doing every day.
Your toothbrush can clean those spaces, which is what makes flossing essential to fighting cavities and gum disease.
Throughout the school year, teachers use tests to assess how much students have learned. Dental cleanings and examinations are a way to assess your oral health.
But dental cleanings are more than that, too.
When you and your children are visiting us, we will give them a professional cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar that may have built up on their teeth. We will look for signs of cavities, and we will watch for changes to the alignment of their teeth. This is particularly important if your children have started losing their primary teeth or their permanent teeth are erupting.
We can also do something else to reduce the risk that your children will develop cavities. We can build barriers between your children’s most vulnerable teeth (the molars in the back of their mouths) and the bacteria that cause cavities.
These barriers are dental sealants. This is an inexpensive way to reduce the chances that your children (or you) may need to pay for restorative treatment due to tooth decay.
Now, you and your kids still need to brush and floss your teeth every day, but sealants add a layer of protection for those times when your children may not brush as well as they should or when they eat one too many sweets.
If you have not yet scheduled your family’s next dental appointment, call 760-657-4049 or fill out our online form. The Dentist House is proud to serve families in Ridgecrest, CA, and nearby communities.