Before you send your child off to school make sure they are completely ready by scheduling a back-to-school dental appointment. This single dental appointment can help your child start the school year off on the right foot by having a completely healthy mouth.
Wondering what happens during a back-to-school dental appointment? Here is a look at some of the things that will happen during your child’s back-to-school dental appointment.
A Complete Checkup
The entire point of a back-to-school dental exam is to make sure your child’s teeth, gums, and mouth are healthy. Our dental hygienists and dentists will do a complete checkup to make sure there are no problems.
A complete dental checkup includes:
- Talking to your child to see if there are any problems they are experiencing such as toothaches or sensitivity
- Conducting a visual examination of the teeth. This allows our dentists and dental hygienists to see if there are any areas where plaque is building up, cavities might have formed, or teeth may not be growing in properly.
- Performing x-rays to see if there is any damage to the teeth that might not be visible or if cavities have formed on the sides of the teeth.
If any problems are spotted, we will schedule another appointment for your child so they can have these problems fixed.
A Professional Cleaning
Even if your child brushes and flosses the recommended amount of times, there is still a possibility that plaque will form on the teeth. Plaque can form in hard-to-reach places or in areas where your child may be accidentally forgetting to brush.
During your child’s back-to-school dental exam, our dental hygienists will perform a professional cleaning. A professional cleaning uses specialized tools that will help remove any plaque or tartar that has built up on the teeth. After plaque and tartar has been removed, the teeth will be polished and your child’s smile will be all shiny and bright.
Education on How to Properly Brush and Floss
Children can sometimes slip into bad habits once school starts. They forget to brush regularly or try to quickly brush their teeth which means they miss areas. When your child has a back-to-school dental check-up, our staff will go over the importance of brushing and flossing on a daily basis.
In addition to talking your child about how important it is to brush and floss, we will make sure they are brushing and flossing properly. We will have them show us how they brush and floss and correct any bad habits they might have developed.
We are also willing to help educate your child on how to keep their teeth, gums, and mouth healthy. We will talk to them about what foods and drinks they should avoid, how they can protect their teeth while playing sports, and even help them understand that some habits, such as chewing on a pencil or pen, can cause dental problems.
Schedule an Appointment with Bonham Dental Arts
We understand how stressful going to the dentist can be for both parents and children. That is why we have created a specialized appointment known as “happy visit”. This visit is uniquely designed for children who haven’t been to the dentist in a while or who are apprehensive about going to a new dentist.
During a “happy visit” we don’t perform any procedures. The entire visit is designed to help your child feel comfortable with visiting the dentist. To do this, you will come in with your child, take a tour of our dental offices, and meet our staff. This allows your child to get to know us and they won’t be so scared of apprehensive during their next visit.
Call our offices today to schedule a “happy visit” appointment for your child now. It is a great time to do this as school hasn’t started yet. Your child will be able to visit our office, get to know us, and then we can proceed with any appointments or procedures they may need in order to get back to school ready. Give us a call today. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our office!