Back to school time is like New Year’s Day for adults. It means excitement, a fresh start, and the challenges that come with it. It’s easy to get lost in the never-ending cycle of homework, field trips, and sports because those activities quickly consume the family schedule.
As your Vallejo dentist, we would like to remind you that back to school time is also an opportunity to schedule those important visits that keep your child healthy. Regular doctor physicals are important, especially when beginning a new sport or for necessary vaccinations, but your child’s teeth are also an important part of their overall health.
A dental emergency can derail your child’s day-to-day activities and throw off the harmony of the household. It can also be a painful experience that we do our best to avoid. Regular dental exams will help your child have a healthy foundation in good oral health.
Benefits of Regular Dental Exams
When dental exams occur, you might think the dentist takes a quick look and evaluates some x-rays to look for cavities. That is part of it, of course. However, your child’s regular dental visits go far beyond that to include a comprehensive approach to their dentistry.
Development and growth – We keep an eye on things as children grow because they change so quickly. Evaluations for early orthodontics, wisdom teeth, and gum health are also a big part of what we do.
Jaw and bite health – Teeth can look completely straight and still not come together correctly. A misaligned bite, or malocclusion, can lead to uneven wear, sensitivity, and even jaw problems.
We will identify any of these issues along with treatment options to protect your child’s smile.
Athletic mouthguards – Kids love sports, and they are a great way to develop a collaborative spirit, stay healthy, and have fun! Unfortunately, a stray ball or hockey stick could permanently damage your child’s teeth. An athletic mouthguard can prevent this from happening by absorbing force while your child burns off excess energy on the field.
If you want a Vallejo dentist who treats every member of the family, give our dental office a call! We can’t wait to welcome you.