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Don’t forget to book your back to school dental appointments!

School bag? Check. Lunchbox? Check. Teeth cleaning? Check! Dental appointment? Not yet!

Now that the children are back at school, the rush is on every morning to make sure that they’re ready in time for the school bell, but is there something you’ve forgotten?

The new 2018 school year is officially underway and you have been given the ever-growing, back to school to do list that every parent dreads. There is one important thing that the teachers did not include on that list: a back to school dental check-up!

Here at The Dental Studio, Wakefield we always say it is good to have routine dental visits, but what makes back to school check-ups so important is that it can help prevent common dental diseases found in school-age children.

To make life (a little) easier, we’ve put together a checklist to help you with your regular dental routine:

  • Attend regular dental examinations to diagnose and treat or prevent dental problems. Parents and teachers may not realise there’s a dental problem, so regular check-ups are important. One of our dentists may suggest fluoride treatments or sealants to prevent decay and can diagnose and treat dental problems to save your child pain and lost school time.
  • Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing. Head for the dental care aisle when you’re out shopping for notebooks, binders and pencils. If parents buy several toothbrushes they could have their child change to a new one every three months or so, or after an illness.
  • Eating healthy lunches and snacks. Include portable healthy lunch items and snacks in your child’s lunchbox, including grains, milk, cheese, raw vegetables, yogurt or fruit. If your child eats in the school cafeteria then you should review healthy, balanced food choices with them and cut back on sugary foods and soft drinks.
  • Wearing a properly fitted mouthguard while participating in sports, PE classes or playground activities.
  • Avoid acidic drinks! – Tooth enamel is the protective barrier that naturally coats our teeth. This protective barrier helps ward off the harmful bacteria that causes cavities. Unfortunately, while tooth enamel is extremely strong, it can be damaged by acid erosion. Acids occur in certain foods and beverages – like energy drinks, sodas and sports drinks.

So, you’ve booked your child’s dental appointment, what do you need to do now? Here are some tips to have a successful dental check-up to ensure your children’s teeth shine as bright as their future:

  • Brush! Brush! Brush! It’s important to encourage your child to brush twice a day for two minutes to keep those cavities away. Brownie points if your child brushes before their appointment!
  • What time is it?? Naptime! Make sure you don’t schedule your child’s dental appointment during their naptime or your day at the dentist will be most challenging. Also, take into account if your child has had a bad day, they might not have the energy to make it through the appointment.
  • If one of your children has gone to the dentist before and it’s their younger sibling’s first time, schedule the older child to go first to act as a role model and show the younger one how it’s done.
  • If it is your child’s first time, it’s important to remember to stay strong and stay calm if your child starts to be uncooperative because if you scoop them up and walk out of the office, the next visit will be much harder. Give our team the time to try and positively turn the visit around.

Dr Martina Hodgson, Principal Dentist at The Dental Studio comments ‘’Booking your child’s dental appointment is just as important as an eye test or immunisation. When you visit the practice, be positive about it and make the trip fun. This will stop your child worrying about future visits. If you are a new patient we have limited NHS places, which are available for children only, so get your appointment booked in with us today.’’

We also provide a Denplan for children, which means that you can spread the cost of dental treatment for the whole family!

Call The Dental Studio to book your child’s next dental appointment or find out more about our denplans on 01924 822097.