Go For the Gold- Win at Oral Health!

By Lauren Lewis

The Olympic athletes have assembled in Rio, well trained and ready to compete at peak performance level. In a few short weeks, school will be back in session and it is time to make sure your oral hygiene is at its best so you, too, can perform at your peak.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in U.S. children. By the time children start kindergarten, more than 40 percent of kids have some tooth decay. Kids with toothaches have trouble focusing on their schoolwork. Dental pain or disease can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking, playing and learning as well as millions of hours of missed school.

The American Dental Association states that a dental examination is as important as immunizations and booster shots and should be a regular part of back-to-school preparations. To begin the school year right, schedule your child for a dental cleaning and exam. Ask about fluoride treatments and sealants that can prevent tooth decay and stop cavities before they start which may help to improve your child’s performance at school.

A big part of the dentist’s role is to monitor children as they grow. They see where things need to improve and can give you the tools to maintain and improve your child’s oral health.

Seeing the dentist isn’t the only step to keeping your children’s teeth healthy. These tips can help them steer clear of cavities:

  • Have kids brush their teeth at least twice a day with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. They should brush gently and pay special attention to the gum line.
  • Kids should floss at least once a day.
  • Give your kids healthy snack foods such as fruits, vegetables and drink plenty of water
  • Make sure you child wears a properly fitted mouth guard while participating in organized sports or playground activities.

Let’s go for it and make your child a winner when it comes to their oral health! Schedule your appointment now. GO USA!