BACK-TO-SCHOOL… Dental check-up
Send your child to school with a healthy mouth. According to the American Dental Association, a dental examination is as important as immunizations and should be a regular part of back-to-school preparations. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that tooth decay affects 19% of U.S. children and is more prevalent than any other chronic infectious disease. Dental disease or pain can lead to difficulty eating, speaking, playing and learning, as well missed school.
Dr. Mead feels prevention of dental issues lies with early, regular visits to the dentist, which should typically be every six months. Regular dental checkups and preventative dental care, such as cleanings, fluoride and sealants help prevent painful toothaches and can save money. In addition to treating and preventing tooth decay, both children and parents gain valuable information about maintaining healthy teeth and gums.