The new school year is nearly here. You’re grabbing school supplies, scheduling health check-ups and shopping for back-to-school clothing, but is a dental visit on your checklist? Dental x-rays and cleanings are an essential part of your child’s health, especially if they’re between the ages of 12 and 18 when they’re more likely to need orthodontics and have tooth decay. Bringing your kids to see our family dentist in Bernardsville now could prevent an emergency visit during the school year.
Your children should have their first dental visit when they turn one and regularly come in for exams as they get older and their teeth come in. Parents deal with countless concerns through the years, and sometimes a visit to the dentist falls to the bottom of your list, but there are several reasons to prioritize oral health including:
- Early detection of tooth decay: Approximately 19 percent of children two to 19 years old have untreated tooth decay, which can lead to tooth abscesses and the need for a root canal.
- Encourage good dental hygiene: You and your children know the importance of brushing and flossing, but a dental exam makes you more aware of how healthy your mouth is and how you can maintain good oral health.
- Prevent or address mouth pain and tooth sensitivity: Tooth pain makes eating, playing, speaking and even learning difficult because the mind is preoccupied with the discomfort. Addressing mouth pain and tooth sensitivity can help your child excel this school year.
- Identify and treat crooked, crowded or gapped teeth with orthodontics: There are more orthodontic options available to kids than ever before, which makes getting braces less overwhelming.
- Promote a healthy diet: No one likes getting cavities filled, and regular dental exams can help your child realize how healthy eating can prevent them from developing cavities in the future.
New Jersey schools open in just a few weeks. Schedule your kid’s dental exam and cleaning at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville today at (908) 221-1188. We serve clients in Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester and Far Hills, New Jersey.