In the next couple of weeks, children across the country will be returning to school. As parents, this means you’ll be struggling to find time to purchase supplies, register your little ones, and pick up new clothes. During this hectic time, we want to remind Omaha, NE, parents not to forget about their children’s smiles! Find out why we always recommend a back-to-school checkup and cleaning.
What Happens During a Checkup?
A checkup is a chance for our team to carefully examine your child’s smile. Using a visual scan and advanced technology, we can assess the current state of their oral health and look for the early warning signs of trouble, such as gingivitis, tooth decay, and even developing misalignment. The earlier we identify these issues, the sooner we can take steps to address them before complications arise. In a single visit, we can place a filling to halt the rate of decay and prevent infection. A deep cleaning or routine cleaning can help reverse gingivitis and prevent gum disease. Don’t let minor issues progress throughout the school year, let us help with a checkup!
Keeping Teeth Clean
Following your checkup, we will proceed with the dental cleaning. The cleaning involves the use of a manual tool and ultrasonic scaler, which we use to gently remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth. A bacterial byproduct, plaque could weaken tooth enamel and inflame gum tissue, leading to an increased risk of tooth decay and gingivitis, as well as stained teeth and bad breath. A cleaning addresses this in one visit and helps your little ones enjoy optimal oral health.
Homecare and Health Snack Choices
Our team will also discuss possible ways of keeping smiles healthier from home. For example, proper brushing and flossing. Kids of all ages need to brush their teeth for two minutes when they wake up and again before going to bed. Flossing before bed is also essential. These actions remove food particles and help control the buildup of plaque in between cleaning visits. Children should also cut back on the consumption of sugary foods and drinks. These items feed harmful oral bacteria and lead to poor oral health. Instead, encourage them to drink more water, and to enjoy snacks like fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, cheeses, and other items with a low sugar content. If you have any questions about helping your kids enjoy optimal oral health before school starts, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Children’s Dentistry?
Our team is ready to help your little ones enjoy optimal oral health. To learn more about children’s dentistry, schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.