Getting kids ready to return to school always seems to be a challenge. Wrapping up summer activities, getting school supplies and clothes purchased, and rearranging everyone’s schedules is often difficult, to say the least!
And then, if you have a child entering kindergarten or 9th grade, there’s also the dental screening exam that may have escaped your parental radar. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I find it fairly easy to keep track of things that I do every week or every month…or even every year. But when I only need to do it twice in a ten-year span, I have a tough time remembering when I’m supposed to do it.
Since I’m a dentist, I could propose a solution to have the screening required every year so it would be easier to keep track of, but I doubt if many parents, let alone the school systems across the state, would be pleased with that solution!
Instead, let me simply stress the importance of these two examinations. For many of you parents, who bring your children to us twice a year, getting these forms filled out is easy. It may be as simple as calling us and asking us to fill out the form and send it to you. You may find when you are in that we’ll remind you that the forms need to be filled out, and since we stock the forms, we’ll simply do it for your children as part of their regularly scheduled visit when we’re already monitoring their oral health, the growth, and development of their jaws and eruption of their teeth, etc.
But for some other parents, for many, many reasons, you haven’t gotten your children in to see us as regularly as would be helpful for them and as you might have wished. At least for you, the state requirement for having these forms filled out, helps ensure that your children are getting some care, and at fairly important intervals.
While every child grows at a different rate, these two ages allow me and our hygienists an opportunity to monitor the eruption of the child’s teeth and their oral health and development. Beyond that, it’s a chance to determine if there is any decay or oral disease present that we can deal with before it becomes painful for the child.
Cavities are the most common childhood infection and certainly one of, if not the most frequent, causes of time lost from school due to pain or serious infection causing swelling, etc. By detecting cavities before they are causing active problems, I can treat them early and fairly easily for your children. That’s FAR better than having to treat a problem when the area is already infected and painful – especially for your child! The other thing these exams allow for is to evaluate your children for sealants – coatings on their molars that help prevent cavities from happening. That’s a GREAT deal for the kids!
So call us TODAY and get your child scheduled for an examination and any needed treatment. You’ll be glad you did when the rest of the school year goes along without any emergency dental visits, and it is certainly a good plan for preventing dental problems!