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Preparing Kids’ Smiles For School

You want your kids to start the first day of a new school fully prepared, with all their new supplies and clothes. But what about their smiles? With a back-to-school visit, we can offer a checkup and cleaning, and then provide treatment for any issues we discover. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist talks about how we help prepare children for a new school year.

Their Checkups and Cleanings

If they haven’t had a checkup and cleaning lately, now is a great time to schedule a visit. Our team will conduct an exam with precision and accuracy using digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, so we can diagnose any concerns and create a personalized treatment plan to help your little ones start a new school year with a bright and healthy smile. We often identify concerns like tooth decay or even gingivitis. In the same sitting, we will also clean the teeth thoroughly, removing all harmful layers of plaque and tartar from the teeth with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual pick. We then polish the teeth, so plaque has a harder time adhering to the surfaces, and your little one enjoys a brighter smile!

Preventive Actions to Sight Tooth Decay

Our team would also like to offer care to help your kids avoid cavities during the school year. For example, we can employ a topical fluoride gel during each checkup visit to strengthen the outer enamel and fight the onset of cavities. The application only takes minutes! We could also provide an acrylic coating to the rear teeth. Kids often have trouble reaching the molars when they brush and floss, so cavities can develop there easily. But with sealants, we coat these teeth in a special acrylic layer that prevents food and drink particles from becoming trapped between the teeth. Again, the application only takes a short period and they can last for years to come! With both options, kids need to avoid food and drink for about 30 minutes.

Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene Habits

You can also help your kids by making sure they care for their smiles during the school year. Each day, your children need to start by brushing their teeth for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, and then do the same in the evening. Kids also need to floss every evening before they brush for the second time as well.

Speak With Your Katy, TX, Dentist About Setting Up Their Next Visit

Our team wants to make sure your children start the first day with a bright smile! For more information on the options we provide to care for little smiles, please call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at (832) 437-3849 to schedule a visit.