School is well under way, and hopefully you and the entire family are settling into the fall routine. School activities, sports schedules, homework, music lessons, work for mom and dad — once the school year starts, there is always a lot to juggle, and it can be a challenge to make it all work.
So it’s not surprising that sometimes, things fall through the cracks. Like, say, oral health. But if you want your kids’ teeth to last their entire lives (and believe us, you do), it’s important to make dental care a priority and practice good habits at home and at school.
If you live near Lancaster, CA and your kids are due for a dental visit, call Dr. Tab A. Boyle at(661) 524-8457. While you’re at it, make an appointment for yourself, too! We are a family dental practice, which means we treat everyone.
We Are So Busy. Can We Put off our Dental Appointment?
We can’t force you to come in, but we urge you to make the time to bring your kids in to see us every six months. That could make the difference between a healthy smile for life and a future filled with dental pain, restorations, and other invasive procedures. Even with good oral care at home, it’s important to be seen by a professional on a regular basis.
Dr. Boyle will conduct a thorough examination of your child’s teeth, gums, and mouth. Not all dental problems come with symptoms in the early stages, and the doctor will be able to detect issues while they are still small and more easily treatable. And our digital X-rays and advanced technology enable us to spot things that not even the doctor can see with his naked eye (like decay below the gumline and between teeth). Your child will receive a professional cleaning and flossing, which will remove plaque and tartar from areas that are easy to miss at home.
At Tab A. Boyle, DDS, we offer treatments beyond the basic examination and cleaning that will help protect your child’s teeth.
Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and protects teeth from bacteria. While fluoride is available in toothpastes and tap water, we can give your child an in-office fluoride treatment for additional protection.
Sealants are a plastic-like coating that we paint onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The procedure — which creates a physical barrier that harmful microbes can’t penetrate — is simple and painless, and has been proven to significantly reduce tooth decay in kids.
We understand you are busy, and we respect your time. That is why at Dr. Tab A. Boyle, you will not be kept waiting. We always keep the office schedule running smoothly and on time.
Set a Routine at Home
Especially once summer vacation ends, mornings can be rushed and bathroom time competitive. But even so, it’s important that everyone in the family has time to take care of their teeth. The best way to do this is to have a set routine and stick with it every day. When everything runs like clockwork, brushing is less likely to fall through the cracks.
Encourage a Tooth-Healthy Diet
When your kids eat at home, it’s possible to keep a close eye on what they are consuming. But when they are at school, it’s not always so easy. But you can still have a strong influence on what they eat.
- If you pack lunches, avoid candy and sweet, sticky treats like soft granola bars, fruit snacks and rollups, and even dried fruit. (Fresh fruit is fine.)
- Dairy products are rich in tooth-boosting calcium and make excellent lunch box additions. Cheese especially seems counteract the bacteria-produced acid that can harm teeth. Make sure your dairy choices are not packed with sugar, which will negate any benefits (we’re looking at you, sweet yogurts and flavored milks).
- Ditch the juice boxes. Juice coats the teeth in sugar, promoting decay and cavities. Encourage your kids to drink water or white milk.
- If your child buys lunch, go over the menu together. Point out good choices and bad choices, and help your child decide what to get before she goes to school.
- If your kid has a birthday during the school year and you’d like to provide a treat for the class, ask the teacher if you can hand out a non-food item. This is also considerate of kids with food allergies, who may have to miss out on edible birthday treats.