Hey there, parents and caregivers! Dr. Catrise Austin here, celebrity dentist and your go-to smile coach. As the school bells start ringing once again, it's time to gear up for Back to School Prep Day!
sAnd what better way to get your grade school or college student ready for success than ensuring their smiles are bright, healthy, and ready to take on the world?
Let's dive into the nitty-gritty and discover the best ways to prepare those precious pearly whites for the academic journey ahead.
Cavity Chronicles: A Serious Smile Saga
Whoa, hold onto your toothbrushes! Did you know that cavities are like tiny party crashers? They love showing up when we least expect it, especially among our kids. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the US, and it's five times more common than asthma. In the US alone, over 50% of children aged 6 to 19 have had cavities. For parents with young children, taking care of primary (baby) teeth is essential for healthy oral development. These little teeth lay the foundation for future dental health, making it crucial to establish good oral hygiene habits early on.
Missed School Hours Due to Dental Issues: The Impact on Education
Before the school hustle begins, let's make a pit stop at the dentist's office. Why? Dental issues contribute to more than 51 million school hours missed each year in the US. Imagine the impact on your child's education if they're stuck at home instead of in the classroom. And let's be real, finding dental care in the midst of school chaos is like finding a needle in a haystack. So, let's outsmart the chaos and get those dental checks sorted out before the first bell rings.
Time to Take Action: Your Smile Assignment!
Ready to take the leap? Follow these simple steps to set your child up for a smiling success:
First, schedule the Appointment. Reach out to your trusted family dentist or explore dental resources in your area.
Here are the key things your dental team should check for and perform to ensure your child's oral health is in tip-top shape for the upcoming school year:
Here are additional tips and resource ideas to ensure your child's oral health is ready for the school year:
Check School Resources:
Inquire if your child's school offers dental partnerships or programs.
Fun fact: When I first started my career, I was a school dentist for New York City that provide dentistry right in the school!
Taking care of those teeth isn't just about dodging cavities – it's an investment in your child's academic journey.
Don't wait – secure that dental appointment with your trusted family dentist or dental resource.
Your child's smile deserves the best care, setting them up for a school year brimming with confidence.