As it so often does, fall has rolled around quicker than expected. With the colder weather, falling leaves, and jackets comes the start of school – and your family’s changing priorities. Once school is back in session, it feels like there’s not enough time in the day, and this leads to skipping the things you don’t have the opportunity to take care of. For many families, this means their dental exams.
Don’t let your teeth fall by the wayside. By building a strong smile today, you help yourself and your children make tooth-healthy choices in the future. Take today as an opportunity to think ahead – because before you know it, the whole school year will be over, and you’ll be facing summertime yet again.
Set Up a Family Dental Exam Schedule
When you schedule exams far in the future, you benefit from your forward-thinking. For one thing, the schedule is wide open! You’ll be able to visit whenever is most convenient for you. For another, you’ll have the exams in place before life starting getting overwhelming, so you won’t find yourself ending up without enough time for preventive care. And with the open schedule blocks, it will be easy to schedule your family members’ exams alongside one another, making care possible with just one trip to the office.
How often should you visit? The ADA recommends that most patients visit every six months. If you fall into higher-risk categories for periodontitis or cavities, Dr. Kim may want you to get checked out more often. This includes patients with a history of gum disease, patients who use tobacco, diabetics, and pregnant women. With more frequent exams, any problems will be caught right away before they’re able to develop into serious concerns.
Embrace Healthy Eating
Packing school lunches takes a little extra time, but makes sure your kids get a good variety of nutrients (and avoid overloading on sugar) every day
When things get busy, careful grocery shopping and meal planning tend to go out the window. But if you keep a few core tenets in mind, you’ll find it easy to stay on the right track:
Listen to What Your Teeth are Telling You
By paying closer attention to your teeth, you’ll know when there’s something you need to do when a problem is at hand. If you’re experiencing pain, or notice that your gum line is changing, that’s always worth checking out. You’ll put your worries to rest, and gain the confidence that comes with a healthy body and mind!
Have questions about your family’s dental care? Get in touch today.