Studies have shown that more than 51 million school hours are lost to dental disease. Since tooth decay is the major dental issue for school-age children education and prevention are key in turning this statistic around. It all starts in the pediatric dentist’s office. The beginning of a new school year is the perfect time to get back on track with the good oral health habits that may have gone by the wayside over the summer vacation. The back to school checkup is an important first step in that plan.

You’ll want to do everything possible to make the appointment go smoothly. If there is an older, more experienced sibling involved it may be wise to let that child go first to show the younger one what to expect and that there’s nothing to be afraid of.

Pick the right time. Try to schedule the appointment for a time of day when your child is wide awake and in the best of moods. Get to the office with time to spare. Brushing beforehand is always appreciated.

Pediatric dental professionals know just the right words to use to alleviate any patient anxiety. Let them explain what the dentist will be doing during the exam, why he’s doing it, and how it will feel.

Remember, every family is in the same boat this time of year, so make that appointment well ahead of time. Call Kaelin Pediatric Dentistry today @ 303-835-9330.