Classes and Cupcakes and Cavities, Oh My!
It’s that time of year when kids find themselves in new classrooms and surrounded by new opportunities. Old friends and new friends and bake sales and sleepovers and the daily business of study and play keep kids – and their parents – incredibly busy. This controlled chaos of the school year can invite prime conditions for dental problems. We’re here to offer support.
The team at Montefiore Department of Dentistry offers families throughout the Bronx with friendly, professional care that first seeks to prevent unexpected dental problems. We also provide restorative care when necessary, focusing on resolving painful issues as quickly as possible. Finally, we present tips that heighten awareness. Here, we take a look at the simple but not-so-obvious ways that parents can help their students avoid uncomfortable dental conditions like cavities.
- Look at consistency. For kids and adults, to minimize their risk of cavities, bad breath, and gum disease, they must brush and floss. Interestingly, a busy school schedule can throw off a student’s commitment to these tasks. Parents may need to remind their children; they may need to supervise their brushing or check teeth for cleanliness. Age-appropriate assistance and rewards can go a long way in helping kids achieve success.
- Look at safety. Dental injuries are a hidden hazard for students and not only those who play sports. Teeth can be fractured, worn down, or broken by grinding them or clenching the jaw. Student athletes may experience the same type of injuries if their protective gear is not up to par. Mouth guards for sports as well as for sleep can be made in the dental office to protect growing teeth from unexpected damaged.
- Look at the calendar! With school papers and extracurricular activities in full swing, it is easy to forget about dental care. Parents who look ahead on the calendar are better able to plan ahead for the important cleanings and exams their kids need to stay healthy and odor free throughout the school year. Winter break is a great time for professional dental care, just remember to call now to get an appointment on the books.
We enjoy helping patients of all ages maintain healthy, attractive teeth. Contact us to schedule your family’s dental care.