As a family man, your dentist understands the importance of regular checkups throughout the year. Of course, the more kids you have, the more complicated this can be, especially when school is in session. With school getting out, you and your family can take advantage of a unique and helpful method to protect your oral health. This is particularly important for your children whose teeth are still developing.
In our first newsletter, we’ll go over not only the method itself, but the benefits that you and your family can expect by making dental visits during this time a regular habit.
A SUMMER VISIT NOW, A WINTER VISIT LATER
Scheduling the entire family for a dental visit can be tough, particularly when each family member has conflicts in their schedule. Your son has soccer practice, your daughter has music lessons, and your wife or husband is working late that night. These conflicting schedules can make getting to the dentist an exhausting process.
That’s why your dentist recommends making your regular visits in the month of June or July when your kids are on summer vacation. This way, you won’t have to interrupt their after-school activities just to get them for a visit.
A bonus to this method is when it’s time for your family’s next visit, you’ll also get to take advantage of the winter break, which happens to be approximately six months later.
Your dentist as well as the American Dental Association recommends dental visits every six months for examinations and cleanings, so it’s the perfect method to get everyone taken care of at the same time.
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HOW REGULAR CHECKUPS BENEFIT YOUR FAMILY
When you take your children in for regular dental visits, you aren’t just protecting their mouths now. In fact, going to the dentist consistently shows your children that you prioritize oral health. Since your kids look to you for guidance, showing how much you care about oral health will increase the chances of them going to the dentist regularly once they start living on their own.
Furthermore, they’ll have more incentive to practice good oral care at home if they know they’ll be examined by a dental professional.
The better they develop these habits at a young age, the less likely they’ll need restorative or orthodontic care later in life.
CONSIDER ADDITIONAL PROTECTION FOR YOUR CHILDREN
During your visit, it’s worth considering treatments that you know will protect your child throughout their early development. For example, your youngest could heavily benefit from dental sealants, which are thin plastic coatings designed to give additional protection as they master their brushing and flossing technique. They can be applied quickly and are known to last at least 10 years after application.
If you have active children, you may want to consider purchasing an athletic nightguard. These are more effective than the mass-produced mouthguards you’ll find in a store because they are custom-fitted to your child’s mouth exactly.
To avoid dental emergencies, they’ll need to have one while they participate in their favorite sports, which you know is going to happen during the summer!
Regular dental visits shouldn’t be a headache to schedule. Starting them now will make future visits easier for years to come. If you or a loved one is overdue for a visit or you’re just ready to make dental visits easier, we hope that you schedule an appointment with us soon!