Is your child ready to begin their numerous afterschool events, whether they be for their favorite sport, music/dance class, or other activity? Before you know it, the end of August will be upon us and our kids will be on their way to school with packed lunches and full backpacks. For this reason, you’ll want to make sure that all of their necessary medical appointments are completed beforehand, including their visit to their children’s dentist in Newtown!
Take note of the following benefits of getting your child scheduled while summer break is still going!
You Won’t Interrupt Their Schooling
Not only is it difficult to schedule dental visits around a school schedule, it’s even more difficult if your child participates in routine extra-curricular events every year. The last thing you want for them to do is miss an important day of school or feel left out when they miss practice or even a tournament for their favorite sport.
Additionally, scheduling for the weekend is often more difficult for two reasons. First, dental practices often have limited timeslots available, prolonging your child’s necessary cleaning and examination. Second, the chances of other parents scheduling visits for their own children during the school year is high, so even if your child is free, the chances of your dentist being free are lower by default once summer has come and gone.
It Aligns Perfectly With the Winter
According to the American Dental Association, patients should be seeing their dentist once every six months. By visiting twice a year, your family can prevent dental disease before it becomes an issue. Of course, the main benefit of taking your child in the summer is once it’s time for their second routine visit, it will be much easier to get it done once their winter break has begun. This break just so happens to be approximately six months away from their summer vacation.
Keep in mind that it’s not advisable to only take your child to the dentist once a year, especially since they’re more susceptible to decay between the ages of 6 and 14 years of age.
It’s Easier to Schedule Follow-Ups and Get Time With the Dentist
In the event that your child needs to have a filling or dental restoration placed, such as a dental crown, you may need to schedule an additional follow-up to make it happen. It’s not uncommon for patients to miss or entirely skip their follow-ups due to another engagement that was planned prior to the initial appointment. Follow-ups are much easier to do if your child has the extra free time during summer break.
Furthermore, seeing your dentist during the summer gives you valuable time to discuss how you can improve your child’s at-home care. Establishing this dialogue with their dentist now will ensure that they get the best preventive care possible, reducing the need for additional treatments later.
Don’t let your child’s oral health go unchecked. Schedule an appointment with your dentist in Newtown today!
About the Author
Dr. Glen Barlow earned his DMD degree from the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University. He’s always staying up-to-date on the latest advances in dentistry, including those that will benefit his youngest patients. To learn more about his practice, contact him through his website.