Don’t Forget About Back to School Dental Checkups

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Getting your kids ready to go back to school can be a hectic time. You have to make sure they have all their school supplies in addition to making sure all their immunizations are up to date. There’s one more important thing that should be on everyone’s back to school list, and that’s a dental checkup.

Untreated dental issues can negatively impact the overall health of children. It can affect their academic performance and cause them to miss time at school. Tooth decay is the leading chronic disease in children, and about one in five kids ages five to 11 suffers from untreated tooth decay.

Dental pain can make it difficult to learn and concentrate in school, and poor dental health has been linked to lower grade point averages. Each year more than 50 million school hours are lost due to tooth decay. Dental pain can also cause difficulty eating, speaking, and sleeping. It is also related to low self-esteem and poor nutrition.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you take your children to see the dentist every six months. The start of the school year is a perfect time to do that and help establish or reinforce daily routines and make good brushing and flossing habits a priority.

Don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your child’s dentist to check for cavities, clean their teeth, and find out the condition of their teeth and gums. Be sure to limit sugary snacks and drinks like candy and soda. You should also teach your kids the 3-2-1 rule which means eating three healthy meals, brushing your teeth twice, and flossing once per day.

To schedule a back to school dental checkup with Tribeca Dental Studio call 212-591-5303, or visit us online at