If you’re a parent, you’re probably already thinking about the long list of things you need to accomplish before your child goes back to school this fall. There’s back-to-school shopping for school supplies and clothes. And you have to figure out your child’s new after-school schedule and plan around any extracurricular activities. This year, while you’re making a list of things to complete before your child goes back to school, I want you to put another goal on the list: a visit to the dentist.
If your child hasn’t been to our office this year – or if they visited early in the year – now is the time to bring them in for a comprehensive dental exam and checkup. We offer compassionate and gentle dentistry for patients of all ages. My staff is trained to provide preventive dental care for your little ones, and we always try to make their dental visit positive and fun!
Comfortable and Quality Children’s Dentistry
There is nothing more important than the health of our children. Our office works with all parents to help their children stay cavity free and maintain a healthy mouth. Tooth decay is the number chronic disease in children across the world. We encourage parents to schedule their children’s dental visits in the summer because decay, oral bacteria and dental problems can affect your child’s school work.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, children in American miss more than 51 million hours of instruction every year due to dental disease. When children miss school, it’s possible for them to fall behind in their classes. Also, parents have to miss work in order to bring their children to the dentist. To avoid that situation, you can visit a dentist in Plano this summer to clear up dental issues before the busy school year starts.
Why Bring Your Child to the Dentist
There are several reasons to bring your child to the dentist at an early age. First and foremost, it allows us to monitor your child’s dental health. We recommend sending your child to the dentist after the child’s first tooth appears or by the time the child is 2 years old. During the first dental visit of your child’s life, we will simply exam the oral cavity to make sure the teeth are coming in normally. After the teeth have developed, we recommend light cleanings and examinations.
We’ve found that bringing your children to the dentist early in their life, we can make them more comfortable with dental offices and show them that there is nothing to fear. Dental fear is a huge problem in this country. In fact, about 20 percent of Americans have some form of dental fear that keeps them from regularly visiting the dentist. About 5 percent of people avoid the dentist at all costs. I’ve spoken with many patients who skipped dental visits for fears because of a traumatic experience they had as a child.
Of course, avoiding the dentist only creates more dental problems for people down the road, like missing teeth, cracked teeth, gum disease, etc. Patients who have serious dental problems actually end of spending more time and much money on their dental treatments.
That’s why our office has a program known as “Happy Visit.” This program uses the most advanced and state-of-the-art tactics to give your child a positive experience at the dentist. This first visit is FREE. Our dental assistants and staff love working with children to make them comfortable and happy. For later visits, we provide fluoride treatments to reduce the risk of cavities; dental sealants to protect molars; and comprehensive dental cleanings.
We love meeting with children to teach them about their oral health. When your child comes to my office, my first obligation is to make them feel comfortable and then treat them with unique and comfortable care. If you are looking for quality general dentistry in Plano TX, call us today and schedule an appointment.