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Back to School Checklist with Murphy Dentistry


Summer is slipping away, slipping away fast.  It is now time to go back to school shopping.  The list looks something like this: paper, pens, crayons, binders, shoes, clothes.  But do you have a dental check up on that list?  On average, 22 percent of children have cavities that go untreated, and more than 1 million school days are lost each year because of tooth pain. This being said, it is very important to stay on a strict dental schedule to avoid unnecessary trips to the dentist during a school day.

Why Are Check-ups Important?

During a routine cleaning, dentists can check for cavities and any other signs of sickness or poor health in a child’s teeth and gums.

Everyone has different needs when it comes to oral hygiene. A parent should take their child to the dentist every six months starting from their first birthday. Some children should be monitored more frequently than every six months based off of their diet and oral hygiene habits. To catch the cavities before they begin, a regular check-up is the only way to do so.

Find out from your dentist what the best schedule for your children will be and stick to it!

Here is a list of a few things a parent can do to improve a child’s dental health:

-help brush teeth twice a day

-regulate the amount of sugars they intake (candy, soda and juices)

-encourage water drinking

-educate on the importance of good oral hygiene (ask a dentist or hygienist for tips)

As a parent, you should check the shade of your child’s teeth. Poorly brushed teeth turn yellow. Also, search for holes or spots on the teeth. Any hole in a tooth whether it is brown colored or yellow should promptly be examined by your dentist.

For more tips or any unanswered questions please CALL (630)879-7642 TODAY to speak with a friendly dental professional!