Ah...the elementary school years! This is when your child likely starts to make more friends, play sports, or participate in other extracurricular activities. To say it’s a fun (and very busy) time for parents would be an understatement!
While seemingly every day during this period of your child’s life is busy, it’s still important you take time to ensure they see a pediatric dentist twice per year. Here are a few important things to consider during this time in your child’s life regarding their oral health:
Supervised oral hygiene
We find that many parents actually leave a child’s oral hygiene up to the child at too young of an age. Let’s face it, if a child doesn’t like brushing their teeth or flossing, they’re probably going to “cut corners” and not do it as good as they should.
We recommend that you supervise your child until they are at least 8-9 years old. Routine brushing and flossing is not only essential to their oral health, but it sets the foundation for healthy habits for the rest of their life.
Our pediatric dentists recommend sealants to many young patients as they provide significant protection against cavities in permanent teeth. Between the ages of 6-11 your child will get most (if not all) of their adult teeth, so it’s important to protect them at an early age.
At your next appointment, ask your pediatric dentist how sealants can help protect your child from caries (cavities) and tooth decay.
Your child’s first orthodontic evaluation
Even if your child’s teeth look as if they are coming in correctly and braces won’t be needed, it’s still a good idea to book an appointment with an orthodontist. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that a child have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7.
By catching and correcting any potential issues early, you can ensure that your child has straighter, healthier teeth, and also potentially save you a lot of money down the road.
A quality mouthguard for sports is essential
If your child is playing soccer, football, softball, baseball, et cetera, then a quality sports mouthguard is essential. Sure, you can buy a “boil and bite” mouthguard for cheap, but they don’t provide very much protection.
We recommend that you invest in a high-quality, custom-fit mouthguard for your child to protect them from the ball or a big hit that they don’t see coming!