According to California law, children must have a dental check-up by May 31 of their first year in public school. But an oral health assessment is a good idea to start off the school year, whether your child is in kindergarten, high school, or anywhere in between.
In addition to checking in on your young one’s teeth after a summer of indulging in roller coasters and cotton candy, movies and popcorn, here are some of the reasons why a dental check-up prior to the first day of class is an A+ idea.
Show and Tell
This will be the dentist’s opportunity to play show and tell with your child, demonstrating how to properly use a toothbrush, revealing all the unwanted gunk that floss can remove, and opening up a world of flavors beyond mint toothpaste. (Watermelon or bubble gum, anyone?) Young kids visiting the dentist for the first time may not be getting any major work done, but they will be learning the why’s and how’s of dental care firsthand.
Making Brushing Fun
One of the most important jobs a teacher can have is to make learning fun for your child. The same is true of his pediatric dentist. We aim to leave your child with a positive experience on the dental chair from early on, providing plenty of momentum for him to keep up the good work at home.
This brings us to our last point: homework! The dental visit is a good starting point for the school year, but there’s no vacationing from oral hygiene. We’ll provide the encouragement, support, and a goodie bag of must-have reinforcements to keep the brushing, flossing, and smiling going strong on the home front. When we see the kids again in six months’ time, their teeth will look all the better for it!