As the sun begins to set earlier and back to school sales have begun, we try our best to plan the remaining days of summer. Make sure your child is scheduled for their back to school dental checkup. Regular dental visits are important year-round, however, your childs’ back to school dental checkup is key to preventing chronic disease, cavities. Studies have shown that cavities have caused children to miss more than 51 million school hours each year.
What to Expect from Your Child’s Back to School Dental Checkup
Our Pediatric Dentist at Advanced Children’s Dentistry will help prevent and detect any signs of early dental problems. Early detection and prevention will help your child avoid pain, trouble eating, difficulty speaking and school absences.
With your family summer trips and activities, it may be easy for the new school year to sneak up on you. We understand that your time and convenience is important. You can now schedule your child’s dental checkup online.
Dr. Sybil Padavathil’s schedule is filling up quickly so we advise you to schedule your child’s appointment today.
American Dental Association (ADA) Tips for Parents with their Child’s Dental Appointment
TIMING. The time of day can make or break your child’s dental appointment. You know your child the best and you know their nap schedule, try to avoid times where they may miss their naps.
MEALS. Have you ever heard of the phrase “hangry”? It’s when hungry people become grouchy. Have your child eat a light meal before their dental appointment. It is recommended by the ADA spokesperson, Dr. Mary Hayes, to feed your child a light meal since it is better for your child’s gag reflex.
NO ANXIETY. It’s important for parents to communicate and act normal during their child’s dental appointment. Children can pick up on their parent’s anxiety. Avoid saying anything negative about the dental visit, such as “it won’t hurt” or “it’ll be okay”. Encourage your child to talk the dentist.
KEEP COOL. Our Pediatric Dentist and team are trained to treat children. If your child gets fussy during their visit, do not try to take your child out of the chair and leave because this will cause the next visit to be harder. Always try to assess why your child is acting out, are they afraid or are they testing out the situation. Work with the Pediatric Dentist and team to keep the visit going, but make sure to let the dentist lead the conversation.
At Advanced Children’s Dentistry, your Garden City Pediatric Dentist, we want to make sure your child is getting the dental care they deserve. Call us today at 516-758-KIDS or Schedule Online to reserve your child’s dental care appointment. Advanced Children’s Dentistry is proud to serve our surrounding cities: Garden City, Mineola, Hempstead, West Hempstead, Franklin Square, Uniondale, New Hyde Park, Westbury, North New Hyde Park, East Garden City, Floral Park, Albertson, Old Westbury, Williston Park, Carle Place, Roslyn and many more.