Family dentist Stephen J. Pyle, “Weston’s first dentist” wants to remind you that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 19% of kids age 3 to 12 have undiagnosed tooth decay.
Guess who’s going back to school in a couple of weeks?
Can you recall your dental health experiences from back in grade school? Can you remember a time when you had a cavity that hurt so bad you couldn’t keep your mind on the class? You didn’t want to tell your parents because that meant a trip to the dentist and in your 8 year old mind that was the same as a trip to a torture chamber.
Child dentistry has changed significantly since you carried a lunchbox to school. Today’s technology and techniques are far more comfortable and the preventive care methods can make cavities a rare event. If you want to prevent your child from reliving your experience, we suggest you do the following:
- Begin a tradition in your family and schedule your children for a back to school dental exam at our Weston dental office to deal with any issues before they head off to class.
- Our dental exam will seem like something out of Star Trek compared to your experience in grade school. We use digital x-rays, advanced sealants, Carifree cavity prevention and provide orthodontic evaluations.
- If your child is going to participate in any contact sports, this may be the time to have him or her fitted with a custom sports guard. Even if all their permanent teeth have not come in, a sports guard will protect their gums and the permanent teeth that have arrived.
- Some small children will benefit with time spent with Dr. Pyle educating them about oral health in a language and method that kids understand.
Take care of any dental issues before school starts and avoid the inconvenience and discomfort associated with emergency dental appointments. Pick up the phone now and make an appointment at our Weston dental practice for your kids’ back to school dental exam. Believe it or not, at some point in their lives your kids will thank you.