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Start School With A Dental Cleaning & Exam

  • August 1, 2019

With the start of school approaching, you are busy preparing for the start of classes. You are buying the supplies on your children’s supply lists. You are getting new outfits for the year to come.

You want your kids to be prepared for a successful year.

That’s also why scheduling an appointment at Total Dental Care is a great idea. A back-to-school dental cleaning and exam could play a role in helping your children stay focused on their studies.

Call 803-272-4162 to plan your visit with Dr. Douglas Forbes and the rest of our team in Columbia, SC.

Oral Health & Education

We need to be clear about something. A healthy smile is not going to turn your kids into amazing students. However, poor oral health can make it more difficult for your kids to reach their full potential in the classroom.

Every year, students miss out on 51 million hours of class because of dental issues, according to the American Dental Association. At the same time, a toothache can be a real distraction when a teacher is giving a lesson or when a child has a task to complete. That might explain why a recent study found that teens with oral health problems are four times more likely to receive low grades compared to their peers.

A toothache also can make it painful to eat. As a result, kids may only eat some of their breakfast or lunch. That can affect their energy during the day, which also can make it more difficult to concentrate on their schoolwork.

Be Ready On Day One

To be ready on the first day of school, you can do some simple things for your children. By visiting our family dentist office, you can do all of them in one place.

As we mentioned in the opening of today’s post, a back-to-school dental cleaning and exam is a great start. We can remove plaque and tartar buildup, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. We also can find decay and periodontal infections in the early stages. While no one wants to have those issues, we would prefer to treat them today than for you to get a call from your child’s school informing you of a toothache a few weeks from now.

For an added layer of protection, get dental sealants as well. Sealants are safe and significantly reduce your family’s risk of tooth decay and cavities. Sealants are a coating for teeth. They create a barrier between harmful bacteria and your family’s smiles.

Fluoride treatments can play a valuable role in your family’s oral health as well. Fluoride is a mineral, which can repair minor damage before decay develops. It also strengthens teeth, so they are more resistant to cavities.

Have A Great School Year

Like you, we want your children to have the most success that they can in the year to come. Scheduling a dental checkup at Total Dental Care in Columbia, SC can help. Call 803-272-4162 or fill out our online form today to request your appointment with us.


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