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Dental Awareness Month- Back to School Appointments!

Backpack? Check. Lunchbox? Check. Teeth cleaning? Check!

They say you are never fully dressed without a smile, so why not give your child a beautiful white smile to wear for their first day back to school?

The new 2018 school year is sneaking up on us and you have been given the ever-growing, back-to-school to-do list that every parent dreads. There is one important thing that the teachers did not include on that list: a back-to-school dental checkup.

Here at Sealy Dental Center we always say it is good to have routine dental visits, but what makes back-to-school checkups so important is that it can help prevent common dental diseases found in school-age children. Cavities are known to be one of the biggest obstacles that children face and according to the ADA (American Dental Association), it causes them to miss “more than 51 million school hours each year”.

So if you want to keep those cavities and the other dental diseases at bay, here are some tips to have a successful dental checkup to ensure your children’s teeth shine as bright as their future:

  • Brush! Brush! Brush! It’s important to encourage your child to brush twice a day for two minutes to keep those cavities away. Brownie points if your child brushes before their appointment!
  • What time is it?? Naptime! Make sure you don’t schedule your child’s dental appointment during their naptime or your day at the dentist will be most challenging. Also, take into account if your child is cranky or had a bad day, they might not have the energy to make it through the appointment.
  • If one of your children has gone to the dentist before and it’s their younger sibling’s first time, schedule the older child to go first to act as a role model and show the younger one how it’s done.
  • If it is your child’s first time, it’s important to remember to stay strong and stay calm if your child starts to be uncooperative because if you scoop them up and walk out of the office, the next visit will be much harder. Give the doctor time to try and positively turn the visit around.

Once the appointment is underway, make sure to ask the dentist some of the following questions:

  • How is my child’s overall health?
  • Will my child get their teeth cleaned today?
  • Will my child be given fluoride?
  • Does my child need an x-ray or a mouth guard for sports?
  • What are Sealants?

Now your child is ready to go back to school, but make sure to grab your dentist’s card because accidents are bound to happen whether your child is in sports, recess, or just walking down the school hallways. You can place these cards in your purse or in your child’s backpack just in case of emergencies. Maybe while you’re there you’ll even want to sign up for an appointment yourself.

 

Call Sealy Dental Center today to schedule you and your child’s next dental appointment! (979) 885-4856

Be Aware of Gum Care!

Taking care of your gums is a crucial part of your dental health as well as the overall health and care of your body. September marks the National Gum Care Month, and in honor of this, it is a good idea to educate yourself about the early stages of gum disease and update your knowledge on caring for your gums! It is never early to begin taking precautions on maintaining healthy gums and a healthy smile!

 

Gum Disease and the Early Signs:

Gum disease (also known as periodontitis) is a serious gum infection that damages gums and can destroy the jawbone. Without taking proper oral care, the early stages of gum disease may become present. Symptoms to look for include the following:

  • Red or puffy gums/ tender to the touch
  • Apparent blood when brushing your teeth
  • Receding gums or gums that pull away from your teeth
  • Bad breath caused by plaque buildup on the tongue
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold food

If you have any of these symptoms you should take the proper care and make an appointment at Sealy Dental right away. But, the good news is there are multiple preventative measures to ensure happy and healthy gums. Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease and is caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth. For most patients, gingivitis and gum disease can be prevented by the following different ways:

Preventive Measures:

  • Establish a daily oral care routine
  • See your dentists at Sealy Dental regularly
  • Practice good Habits including: brush twice daily, floss one a day, eat a healthy diet, and keep an eye out for signs of gingivitis
  • Incorporate mouthwash into your daily routine

 

Taking care of your gums will help your health in the long run and Sealy Dental is here to help. Call 979-885-4856 today to make your preventative gum disease appointment and keep your gums happy!

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