Summer is a time for relaxation and fun. However, it’s also a time when many will have their oral health habits take a slight nosedive due to vacations away from home and different schedules. With days missed with brushing and flossing, cavities can set in. That is why it’s a good idea to schedule a dental visit before school, college or work starts back up again. Dental issues can be fixed so school days for children aren’t missed and cavities are caught early!
If you have a dental visit twice a year, good for you! The American Dental Association recommends that every person visit the dentist biannually. Parents and children should both go to the dentist for a full dental examination and dental cleaning for the teeth and gums. The exam is a vital part of keeping good oral health because a dentist has the opportunity to examine each individual tooth.
We see patients starting from infants all the way through the most senior patients possible. Your oral health will always be incredibly important, as it will always affect your overall health! The ADA states that your oral health is the “window to your overall health”. Dentists and doctors alike can determine if you have chronic conditions or developing diseases by how your mouth looks because your oral tissues are so sensitive to change.
Your teeth and gums are also incredibly sensitive to decay and disease. It’s part of the reason why cavities and gingivitis are so prevalent, especially in school-aged children. Studies show that 42% of children get cavities. Of that percentage, 51% of 6-11 year-olds have cavities and half of them won’t be treated for a very long time. This leads to premature tooth loss and missed days at school due to toothaches, dental emergencies and infections. Nobody wants that for their child. That’s where back-to-school dental visits come in.
Sugars in your food and drink mix with mouth bacteria and form an acidic substance called plaque. That plaque sticks to your teeth, breaks up the minerals in those teeth and decays them. That’s how cavities form and how your gums will recede until the point of tooth loss. Studies show that children are eating way more sugar than they ever have before. Tooth decay is at an all-time high as well, which is not a coincidence.
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that children under 3 are already getting more than twice the daily recommended amount of sugar in a day, or 12+ grams of sugar. 4-8 year-olds get about 21 grams of sugar a day and 9-18 year-olds get up to 34 grams of sugar. This may not be alarming until you find out that the American Heart Association recommends that children be limited to a maximum of only 6 grams of sugar in a day to keep their bodies and their teeth healthy. Infants and toddlers should have zero sugar. It leads to obesity, tooth loss and chronic health problems in childhood.
Summertime is the time when sugary treats abound like cookies, brownies, pie and ice cream. July is the peak time of the entire year when 90% of the year’s ice cream is sold. Because of so many treats, summertime is a time when many cavities form. That is why we recommend a back-to-school dental visit to check on your child’s teeth and gums and see how their health is doing.
Comprehensive dental exams check for signs of decay, gum disease, oral cancer, mouth sores and any other issue that could damage your health. This is when the dentist checks all the teeth and mouth thoroughly for signs of dental issues.
A dental cleaning is always accompanied by a comprehensive exam. We take about 30 minutes to brush, floss, buff, and polish your teeth. We scrape off plaque and stuck-on tartar (hardened plaque) meticulously and clean those areas that are hard for you to reach. Flossing is done several times between all the teeth to detect gingivitis or gum issues and areas where your teeth could decay. We use special dental tools to provide the polishing your teeth get to make them shine. The cleaning is usually followed by a tooth-strengthening fluoride treatment.
Our practicing dentists include Dr. Travis Willey and Dr. Brandon Murri. Both of our dentists are respected associates of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. They are devoted to creating beautiful smiles for their patients as well as providing the best care that’s available across several counties. Besides dentistry, they both highly value their wives and children (both are parents of 3 children) and strive to create that feeling of family at our Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies office.
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If your child is due for a dental visit, it’s easy to get them in before school starts to make sure there are no dental issues that would interfere with their schoolwork. Call Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies at (970) 223-8425 to schedule your child’s appointment!