Getting school supplies, new clothes and planning lunches. The list of things to get done before school starts can seem endless, so it’s important to prioritize what’s necessary. Here’s why back to school dental appointments should be at the top of the list.

Before School Starts

Some schools require back to school dental appointments for every child at the beginning of the school year, but whether your child’s school requires it or not, it’s always a good idea. Scheduling a dental exam for your child before school starts can help to ensure that they won’t have to miss class later on for their regular exam.

Schedules can fill up fast once the school year starts, especially if your child participates in extracurricular activities like sports, theater or band. So making back to school dental appointments a priority can go a long way towards their future dental health.

If your child is planning to play a sport, it’s also a good chance to ask about dental safety and find out if your child needs to get a mouth guard or face shield to protect their teeth.

After Summer Fun

All that sweet summer fun may also leave a residue on your child’s teeth, so it can be a good time to get a cleaning. Many cold treats like popsicles, ice cream and smoothies that are popular during the summer to help your child keep cool can have high amounts of sugar. Seeing their dentist before school starts can help to make sure that none of that fun leads to any problems during the rest of the year.

Getting Back to a Routine

Scheduling before school starts can also help your child to get back on track with their oral hygiene routine. It can be easy during the summer for everyone’s dental care routines to slip. After all, the summer is a break from many of our regular routines! But cavity-causing plaque doesn’t take a break, so dental care is important year round.

Make an Appointment Today

Just like your schedule, dentists’ schedules can fill up quickly, too, so it’s best to make their appointment as soon as possible to ensure your child gets seen in time, especially if it’s required by their school. The best way to start off a new school year is with a healthy smile, so make an appointment today!

Call our Phoenix Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.


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