August 1, 2017
You may have already started getting ready.
You may have started buying paper, notebooks, pens, and pencils. You may have been looking for new backpacks and clothes.
We also hope to see you and your family at our dentist office in Fairfax, VA, before classes start again for a back-to-school dental cleaning and exam.
The American Dental Association has noted that children miss 51 million hours of school every year in the United States due to oral health problems. Keeping your kids’ mouths as healthy as they can be will help keep them in the classroom.
Oral Health And Education
You want your children to have healthy mouths all the time, but it’s particularly important to keep their mouths healthy during the school year.
The Children’s Dental Health Project noted that studies in different parts of the country both found that poor oral health can affect school success.
One study found that kids with poor oral health were three times more likely to miss school than their classmates. Another study revealed that nearly one-third of missed school days in one district were due to dental issues.
And yet another study showed that kids who recently had a toothache were four times more likely than other students to have low grades.
The pain of a toothache can be a distraction for kids. This can make it harder to learn the lessons they should learn. When they are taken out of class to have those problems treated, it’s understandable that they can fall behind.
Preparing For School With Preventive Care
The first day of school will be here before you know it. That’s why now is a great time to review what you and your family can do to reduce your risk of tooth decay, cavities, and other oral health problems.
The American Dental Association’s recommendations are a good place to start.
Good oral health starts at home. You already know that every member of your family should have a daily oral hygiene routine. Here’s what you should be doing.
First, you need the right supplies — just like at school. Everyone should have a soft-bristled toothbrush, toothpaste with fluoride, and dental floss or another interdental cleaner.
Second, put in the work. You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. This gives you plenty of time to scrub your teeth on all sides. Finish by brushing your tongue before spitting out the toothpaste and rinsing your toothbrush clean.
Third, clean between your teeth and gums at least once per day. These are the places that your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing or using another tool (flossers, water flossers) is how you remove plaque and food particles from those spaces.
Make regular dental visits part of your oral health plan. To keep your teeth healthy and strong, you also need regular professional cleanings and exams. No matter how well you brush and floss, you may miss some things. A dental professional can remove any plaque or tartar buildup you may have.
While you are with us, we will be looking for signs of cavities or other problems. While we would prefer to help prevent those problems, if they do exist, we want to treat them as soon as possible.
And we would much rather take care of tooth decay so your son or daughter doesn’t get a surprise toothache in the middle of a test.
Start School With Healthy Smiles
If you have not yet scheduled your back-to-school dental exam, please contact Dr. Ki’s office today if you live in or near Fairfax, VA. You can schedule a cleaning by calling 703-552-2530, or you can request a cleaning by filling out our online form.