Pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, scissors, rulers …
The first day of school will be here soon. That means supply lists, but there are a few things we think you should add. The good news is that you can get all of them in one place — the office of Dr. David L. Ouellette.
At our family dentistry in Bryant, AR, you can get what you need to keep your kids happy and healthy … even if they might not be excited about school starting again.
To schedule your back-to-school dental checkup, call 501-214-6126 today. Below, you’ll find our recommended addition to get ready for the return of classes.
✔ Get A Cleaning & Exam
If you only follow one of our recommendations, this should be it. Preventing problems — or discovering and treating them as early as possible — is the best way to maintain good oral health.
This could be more important than many people realize. According to the American Dental Association, U.S. students miss more than 51 million hours of school annually.
One recent study showed that 1 in 7 children 6 to 12 years reported having a toothache in the previous six months. Another study revealed that students with dental problems were four times more likely to have low grades compared to their peers.
Children can become distracted for any number of reasons. Thankfully, oral health issues are one distraction you can avoid with a good and consistent oral care routine, including brushing, flossing, and visiting your family dentist regularly.
✔ Get Sealants & Fluoride
If you want to earn some extra credit, then you should ask about these low-cost by highly effective services. Both of them can significantly reduce your family’s risk of developing cavities.
Tooth decay is the result of demineralization of teeth. Fluoride is a mineral. When applied to teeth, it can replace lost mineral to strengthen your enamel. This makes teeth stronger and more resistant to harmful bacteria.
Dental sealants are a coating for your teeth. They create a barrier between your teeth and the bad bacteria. You can think of sealants like armor for your family’s smiles.
✔ Get Athletic Mouthguards
If you have any athletes in your smile, an athletic mouthguard should be a standard piece of equipment. Wearing a mouthguard makes athletes 60 times less likely to suffer a dental injury.
The cost of a mouthguard is minimal compared to the cost of fixing a broken tooth or replacing a tooth that was knocked out.
Have A Healthy School Year
You want your family to have healthy smiles. You want your kids to get the best education possible. You also want your budding sports stars to keep their winning smiles long after their playing days are over.