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3 Tips to Prevent School Absences Due to Dental Problems

With school starting up again, it’s important to schedule a visit to your Calgary children’s dentist before life fills up once again with homework, sports, and after-school activities. 

It’s never easy to convince your little one to visit the dentist, or practice good oral habits, especially when they’re very young. However, proper dental care is extremely important and regular dental check-ups will:

  • lower the risk for cavities and tooth decay
  • prevent gum disease and/or inflammation
  • help your child develop good dental habits
  • prevent oral problems such as tooth pain and difficulty chewing/eating

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At Marlborough Dental Centre, our dentists offer a wide range of family dental care including senior and children’s dentistry services, such as dental implants, sedation dentistry, and Invisalign, to give your whole family the oral care they deserve.


5 Reasons to Get a Back to School Dental Checkup

Your child may be ready for the new school year in terms of school supplies, clothes, and sports equipment, but does he/she have a healthy mouth and the tools required to maintain it?

Visiting the dentist before school begins is very important for the following reasons:

  1. Dental problems are the number one reason kids miss school. Regular dental visits are important year-round, but getting a back-to-school checkup is key to fighting the most common chronic disease found in school-aged children: cavities, and preventing school absences.

  2. The dentist can catch problems early. Prevention and early detection are crucial to help avoid pain, trouble eating, difficulty speaking, and school absences. It also always means less costly treatments.

  3. It can prevent tooth loss, damage, and other dental emergencies. Dental injuries are some of the most common causes of tooth damage or tooth loss. Your dentist can provide a custom sports mouth guard that will offer superior protection and protect your child’s pearly whites. (Learn More >)

  4. Poor oral health can affect your child’s overall health. Healthy teeth are important to your child’s overall health. In fact, there is a direct correlation between oral infections, asthma, and obesity, so visiting the dentist regularly is crucial to your little one’s well-being.


3 Tips To Prevent Dental Problems and School Absences

Apart from ensuring your child visits their dentist just before school starts, you can also promote healthy teeth in your home by:

  • Encouraging your child to brush their teeth regularly. At the age of 3, you can begin teaching your little one proper brushing techniques by using a drop of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled toothbrush.

  • Avoiding sugar. Try to avoid giving your children sugary snacks. This is because ingesting sweets can bring about acidity that can cause decay-producing bacteria.

  • Scheduling regular dental treatments. Your child should first see the dentist around the time of his/her first birthday and then regularly thereafter. It’s important to establish a relationship of trust between your child and their dentist early on to encourage good oral care throughout your little one’s life.


Why You Should Consider Sealants

While check-ups and exams can catch dental problems early, and even prevent them, your child’s dentist may recommend sealants to give your little one’s teeth an extra layer of protection. In fact, they can reduce the risk of cavities by 80%!

When’s the best time to get sealants? Children should have sealants applied after their first molars come in, at around the age of six, and after they get their 12-year molars.

Benefits Of Dental Sealants


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To find out more about our children dentistry services, including sealants, tooth extractions, and more, contact our Calgary dentists at 403-248-2066 or fill in our online contact form.

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