Learn how to brush at your Dental Check-up.
Fall and back-to-school events mark new dental and oral challenges for each age-group among our children. Parents must take the dental check-up seriously in order to deal with potential oral problems which could haunt a child’s health in later years.
Here’s a point parents often miss: Such problems can affect children’s oral health and school performance now. Then, oral problems now can be reflected in general health issues in the future.
On a Mission for the Value of the Back-to-School Dental Check-up
Recently Dr. Joseph Castellano focused sharply on back-to-school dental appointments for three groups: parents, all ages of children and educators.
Dr. Joseph Castellano is the president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). On August 14th, he acknowledged that this “time frame is often hectic for parents, their children, and dental practices.”
That being said, Dr. Castellano does not want parents to neglect the duty of the back-to-school dental exam. Dr. Castellano reminded us that this is the time we need to “remind patients, and their parents to focus on their oral healthcare.”
The Back-to-School Check-ups and Health Challenges In the Spotlight: Contagious Diseases and Sports Accidents
The start of school means closer contact with other children and the possibility of contagious diseases. Flu season is rearing its ugly head. And it also means the beginning of contact sports. Sports can lead to accidental injuries including broken, loose or even missing teeth. If your child is engaged in sports, this is the time to have a discussion with your dentist about a properly fitting, professionally created mouth-guard.
The Back To School Check-up: Seeing The Connection between Oral Health and Overall Health
Studies have shown that “poor oral health can lead to poor overall health and poor performance in school.”According to the Mayo Clinic, some adult diseases can be related to oral hygiene. The mouth is “teeming with bacteria.” Good dental hygiene keeps this bacteria under control, so it can’t run unchecked, sometimes straight to your heart.
Without proper childhood oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead from oral infections, tooth decay, and gum disease, to heart disease in later years. Read below to discover how. The age of a child matters and your dentist will check for different issues at every age. Additionally, Mayo Clinic reports that more serious diseases can be related to poor hygiene. “Oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with periodontitis — a severe form of gum disease — and it also might play a role in some diseases.” A check-up can catch conditions early before they jeopardize school attendance and performance.
Diseases or Conditions with Possible Connection to Oral Health: Block These With Good Oral Health Patterns in the Early Years.
Some diseases have been shown to have a possible connection to oral health conditions. Two examples of these are Endocarditis and Cardiovascular disease. Granted these are not conditions that we expect to see in school-age children.