Are Your Kids’ Smiles Ready For School?
When we were kids, we never wanted summer vacation to end. (We suspect our parents felt differently.)
Now that you are a parent, you know how your family’s life changes when the school year begins. Parents are always busy, but you are busy in a different way when classes are underway.
You have to get your kids to school or to the bus stop every morning. You also have to figure out the logistics of getting kids to and from practices, band competitions, and to the store (because they just told you about the project that is due tomorrow).
Before the first day of the new school year arrives, you will be out and about getting new clothes, backpacks, and various supplies that your kids will need.
We also encourage you to call our dentist office in Red Bank, NJ. Denise DiBona, DDS, and the rest of our team would love the chance to give you kids a dental cleaning so their smiles will look their best when they return to class.
Dr. DiBona has been providing dental care for close to 30 years. She has shared the knowledge that she has gained from her experience with the rest of our team so that you and your family get the best treatment that we can provide.
This starts with the basics of family dentistry, preventive care in the form of professional cleanings and examinations.
We know that you remind your kids to brush and floss between their teeth. (And your kids always do as they are told, right?)
A professional cleaning from our hygienists will remove any plaque or tartar that may have developed in your kids’ mouths. This will reduce their risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
And speaking of tooth decay, the American Dental Association reports that more than half of all children will have a cavity between the ages of 5 and 9. We certainly hope that your kids don’t have a cavity, but we would much rather remove the decay and fill it now than a month into the school year.
That’s also why routine visits include an examination of our patients’ teeth. If there are any problems, we would rather find them in the early stages and deal with them now before the treatment become more invasive, more expensive, or both.
Fighting cavities isn’t the only reason to consider a dental appoint for your children.
Around the age of 6 or 7, most children will start to lose their primary teeth. Until around 12 or 13, they will continue to lose “baby” teeth and have them replaced with permanent or “adult” teeth.
We will be monitoring the health of your children’s teeth as well as their alignment. Straighter teeth can help your kids’ smiles look nice, but straight teeth also are less likely to have cavities since they are easier to brush and floss. (Your kids will still need to do both of these things.)
One way we may be able to help is with what we call early orthodontic intervention.
Primary teeth serve as placeholders and guides for the permanent teeth that replace them. If we anticipate alignment issues based on what we’ve seen with your child’s baby teeth, then we may recommend Phase I orthodontics.
These are procedures that can guide the eruption of his or her permanent teeth that can reduce and sometimes eliminate the need for orthodontic treatment when your child is older.
If your son or daughter does need orthodontic treatment, we can help with that, too.
We offer traditional treatments, like metal braces, as well as clear (tooth-colored) braces and Invisalign®.
Brackets and wires have been used for decades and will continue to be used for the foreseeable future simply because they work. Invisalign offers a more discreet option for patients who may be more self-conscious about wearing braces.
We want you and your child to be prepared for whatever orthodontic treatment may be needed. We can discuss the different options and find the right one for your son or daughter.
It won’t be long until homework and any number of school-related activities eat into your family’s free time. That makes now a good time to visit the team the office of Denise DiBona, DDS, for a cleaning and examination.