Smiles Get Ready for Back to School

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013, 5:02 pm

Are your family’s smiles ready to go back to school? The summer is just about over and school will be starting before you know it. Have you scheduled dental checkups for your family?

Once the school year starts things seem to get really busy for most families. Between school, homework, sports and extracurricular activities kids don’t have much “down time” and they especially don’t have time for emergency dental appointments!

Prevention is the key to keeping everyone’s smile healthy. This starts by brushing twice a day and flossing every day. Yes, it is hard to get kids to floss but it is very important when it comes to preventing cavities between teeth. Regular dental hygiene visits are important, even for children. Not only are the kids getting a professional cleaning but we can check for any spots that might be showing the beginning signs of tooth decay and put a stop to it!

A key part of preventing cavities is watching what your child eats and drinks. Sticky, sugary candies, sour candies and soda of any kind are hard on teeth. The soda and sour candies contain high levels of acids that soften the tooth enamel and the sugar feeds the bacteria that cause tooth decay. A really bad combination for your teeth. Limit candy, sugary treats and sodas to special occasions – not something that your child has every day after school. If your child does have these items, have them chew some sugarless gum afterward – the sugarless gum does a couple of things. It cleans the teeth, it stimulates more saliva flow which helps strengthen the tooth enamel and if it contains xylitol it can actually help reduce oral bacteria levels.

If your child does have tooth decay and needs to have a cavity filled remember that Wilbanks Smile Center uses mercury-free materials to restore teeth. It is always better to spot cavities when they are small and before they have caused your child to experience a toothache. Smaller cavities are easier to restore and less expensive than allowing the tooth to become infected and painful.
Don’t delay, contact our Toccoa, GA office today at 706-886-9439 to schedule visits for your entire family.

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