Where did the summer go? Kids and parents all over the country are asking that question right about now. The time may have seemed to fly by but now it’s time to get back to the school routine. Checking off the items on the school supplies list and making sure that the kids get the physical exams that are required for participation in school sports are just a couple of the things parents have to see to before the first day of school.

It’s a busy time for sure and some things may slip our minds but we can’t forget to make that appointment for the back to school checkup with the pediatric dentist. It may surprise some parents to know that tooth decay is the most prevalent disease among school age children today. If it goes untreated a cavity can fester and become so painful that the child will lose the will or ability to concentrate in the classroom and may find it hard to keep up with his school mates.

Tooth decay is preventable but not without regular dental care. Dentists recommend that children be seen every six months or more often if they are in the high risk bracket. Those who have not had previous dental attention or who are genetically susceptible to tooth decay are considered high risk.

Put making that appointment with your pediatric dentist at the top of the to-do list. Dr. Kathy Kaelin of Kaelin Pediatric Dentistry in Parker is proud to post parental reviews of her practice on the website, www.kids-dental.com.