Pencil, check! Paper, check! Dentist, check!
Summer is coming to an end and back-to-school preparations are in full swing. There are so many things you need to mark off the list in order to be sure your child is ready for school – clothes, school supplies, a physical, updated vaccines and… a dental check-up? Yes, a dental check-up. The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) say that a dental check-up is just as important as a physical. Too many people forget to put dental check-ups on their to-do list, and it is our children who are suffering! While the flu and common cold are usually what parents worry will keep their kiddo from school, tooth decay is THE most common chronic childhood disease today. What most parents don’t realize is that dental problems can lead to learning problems. Children in pain have trouble concentrating and show signs of Attention Deficit Disorder. When was the last time you sat through a meeting in pain and remembered anything? Tooth decay can also lead to problems eating, talking and can even affect behavior. With all the obvious problems presented by unhealthy mouth habits, you would think we would pay a little more attention to this growing problem. This is why dental disease is often called a silent epidemic in America. Still not sure if a back-to-school dental check-up is necessary? Then know this: An estimated 51 MILLION school hours are lost each year due to dental related illness. And this is ALL preventable, people! You often make sure your kids wash their hands to prevent spreading diseases, so you should also make sure your children brush twice a day and floss at least once. Regularly scheduled visits to the dentist will help your children avoid serious dental problems and will give them a healthy start to the new school year. Take the first step to giving your child a healthy smile and schedule a back-to-school dental checkup today. You will be happy that you did! http://www.8newsnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=1393892