With a new school year on the horizon, relaxing summer days will soon give way to hectic fall schedules. As students turn their attention to classes, homework and extracurricular activities, parents and families often have less free time to deal with life’s little emergencies. That’s why it’s best to take care of important dental issues before things get too busy. If you haven’t planned a back-to-school dental cleaning and exam, here are five reasons why you should:
- A healthier, whiter smile: A new school year comes with unfamiliar challenges and fresh experiences that can bring on stress and anxiety to your children. A clean, white smile will help them feel more confident as they interact with old friends and new faces. A routine cleaning can help your little ones feel more confident about their bright smiles when facing the new year.
- Fewer interruptions: Research suggests that students miss millions of hours of school every year due to various dental issues. It’s generally best to get out in front of potential dental problems before the school year begins. If you don’t identify and treat these issues early on, they could flare up at inopportune moments, forcing your children to miss classes, sports and extracurricular activities. By scheduling a checkup and cleaning before heading back to school, you can reduce the risk of falling behind due to an unexpected dental emergency.
- Mouthguards: If your children participate in school athletics, they will probably be required to wear a protective mouthguard. Unfortunately, store-bought mouthguards often fit poorly and don’t provide custom protection for their entire smile. By getting a custom mouthguard from a dental professional, they will enjoy complete protection that’s specifically tailored for their unique needs. This will help reduce the risk of injury, while giving them the comfort and confidence they need to be at their best in practice and on gameday.
- Braces: If your child is feeling uncomfortable with his/her smile, or maybe experiencing alignment problems with his/her jaw, ask your local dentist about traditional braces or Invisalign clear aligners. If you choose one of these options, it’s best to do it before the start of the school year, so your child can get used to the look and feel of them. This will also give your child time to get used to caring for their new braces, while adjusting eating habits, before jumping into the challenges of a new school year.
Maximizing insurance benefits:
Since most dental insurance plans have yearly maximums, it’s a good idea to take advantage of any unused benefits before the end of the year. Once the school year begins, you will only have a few months to use your benefits before they reset. If you can take your children in to get a checkup before the start of the school year, you can easily plan out any necessary treatments if the exam uncovers an underlying problem. On the other hand, if you wait until the school year begins, you may be too busy to schedule a treatment before your family’s annual benefits expire.