Back To School With A Smile

Monday, August 16th, 2010, 12:01 pm

It is that time of year again – back to school preparations are underway.  Kindergarten to college age, families are busy shopping for school supplies, new school clothes and desperately searching for the perfect backpack.  Many students are also undergoing back-to-school physicals because of participation in school sports.

Don’t forget to schedule the dental check-up as well.  For college age kids this is the last chance to spot problems before they crop up when your son or daughter is far from home.  For younger children this is a good opportunity to arrange their dental visit before school and extracurricular activities overflow the family schedule.

Children who are participating in sports should be fitted for a mouthguard to protect their teeth during play.  If you have a child that is participating in sports at a very advanced level you may want to discuss a performance mouthguard like the Under Armour performance mouthguard.  The ArmourBite technology  mouthguards are used by elite athletes in many sports and are scientifically proven to improve performance.

The school year can also be a stressful time.  Many young people, particularly high school and college age students, react to stress by grinding their teeth during sleep.  This condition is called bruxism and can cause chronic headaches and jaw problems, as well as wearing down or breaking teeth.  Treatment using a custom made dental orthotic can help eliminate the jaw pain and headaches and prevent further damage.

Please contact my Toccoa, Georgia office today at 706-886-9439  to schedule examinations for your family.  My office is mercury-free and utilizes digital x-rays to reduce radiation exposure  – your family’s overall health and their healthy smiles are important  – please call today.

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