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Your Children’s Dentist in Hamilton Lists 4 Things to Get Done Before School Starts

March 4th, 2021

According to the American Dental Association, a dental examination is just as important for a child’s back-to-school routine as immunizations and booster shots. Tooth decay affects American children more than any other chronic infectious disease and can result in difficulty eating, speaking and learning as well as valuable hours of school missed. So what should you do to ensure that your child is returning to school with strong oral health? In this post, your children’s dentist in Hamilton lists four important tips.

Consider a Mouthguard

If your child plays sports, they should have a mouthguard. Athletes who don’t wear them are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth. Possible injuries include cracked or chipped teeth, a knocked-out tooth, jawbone damage or even a concussion. Mouthguards can be found at almost any drug or grocery store, so there’s really no reason for your little one not to have one.

Mouthguards can also benefit children who grind their teeth at night. While teeth-grinding usually doesn’t last and doesn’t cause damage, you should keep an eye on your child’s habit. Prolonged grinding can result in headaches, tooth and jaw pain and worn-down teeth. Talk to your dentist in Hamilton if you’re concerned about your child’s teeth-grinding.

Take Advantage of Summer Dental Visits

Scheduling your child’s dental appointments during the summer can save you a lot of stress during the school year. While it may not seem like summer fun, beating the back-to-school rush can help give you more flexible scheduling options. Identifying and addressing any dental issues long before school starts back up can help your child resume their studies as focused and comfortable as possible.  

Address Wisdom Teeth Over the Break

If your child is older, it may be time to consider removing their wisdom teeth. There are numerous advantages to completing this procedure during the summer break. Without the stresses of school and extracurriculars, your child will have plenty of time to recover without responsibilities getting in the way. They can easily enjoy smoothies, milkshakes, ice cream and other cold treats they may crave.

Start Your Child’s Orthodontic Treatment

Summer is also the perfect time to begin your child’s orthodontic treatment with Invisalign or metal braces. Just like with regular dental checkups, your child’s orthodontic appointments will be easier to schedule over the summer. The break also allows your child to get used to the aligners without the distraction of school. If you start the treatment early enough, your child can also enjoy the noticeable improvements in their smile by the time they return to school.

As you enjoy the summer break with your family, make sure your child is receiving the proper oral care. Addressing their dental needs over the summer will ensure their comfort during the fall and set them up for success during the years to come.

About the Author

Dr. Alan Arrington has been with Hamilton Family Dentistry for almost a decade. He is committed to lifelong learning and has completed more than 150 continuing education courses in various dental subjects. If you have further questions about your child’s dental health, he can be reached through his website or at 706-628-0011.

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FAQ

  • How often should I visit your office?

    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?

    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?

    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?

    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?

    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?

    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?

    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.
  • How often should I visit your office?
    image description
    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?
    image description
    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?
    image description
    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?
    image description
    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?
    image description
    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?
    image description
    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?
    image description
    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.