Nothing is more important to you than your family and your family’s health.
And to be healthy, your loved ones need healthy mouths, too.
With that in mind — and since the first day of the new school year is just weeks away — now is a great time to schedule a professional dental cleaning and exam at our family dentist office if you live in or near Hellertown, PA.
Untreated tooth decay can lead to toothaches, which can be a serious obstacle for a child in school. And in the United States, nearly 1 in 5 children between the ages of 2 and 19 have an untreated cavity, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Oral Health And Education
The Children’s Dental Health Project has collected information from a variety of sources regarding education and kids oral health.
They reported that 1 in 7 children between the ages of 6 and 12 have had a toothache in the past six months. Likewise, children who have reported recent toothaches were four times more likely than their classmates to get low grades.
It’s easy to see why that might be the case. A child with a toothache might have trouble concentrating on that day’s lesson, which will make homework and class assignments more difficult to complete.
A toothache also can make it painful for a child to eat, and a child who hasn’t eaten may feel distracted or tired when sitting at a desk.
Being distracted isn’t the only reason to be concerned about oral health. Researchers found that children with poor oral health are three times as likely as other students to miss school. Likewise, the American Dental Association reports that children in the U.S. miss 51 million hours of school every year due to oral health problems.
That’s a lot of missed opportunities to learn.
We want to help you keep your kids in school, which is why we hope you will visit our office in Hellertown before the first day arrives.
Dental Care For Your Whole Family
We consider ourselves a family dentist office for a reason. We want to help patients of all ages keep their mouths free from tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems.
If you haven’t visited the dentist in the past six months, we urge you to schedule dental cleanings for yourself and your loved ones soon.
During your routine visits with us, we are doing much more than polishing your teeth. We are conducting a thorough dental exam. We may take X-rays to identify problems that might not be visible otherwise. Of course, we also take a close look at your mouth. If you are developing a cavity or gum disease, we want to treat it as early as we can. Early treatment is both more effective and less expensive.
You may want to take advantage of other services as well while you are here.
Dental sealants can provide added protection against the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Fluoride treatments can repair minor damage from those bacteria and make your enamel stronger.
And we will be happy to answer questions you may have about your home hygiene habits. This includes how often to brush (twice a day, two minutes at a time) and clean between your teeth and gums (every day). If you don’t like or won’t use dental floss, we may be able to recommend other products to clean the spaces that you can’t reach with a toothbrush.
Start The School Year Right