Back to School

August 13, 2018
Dr. Katherine Nicholson

Back to School

OK, by now you’ve probably got the supply list and the sales dates for last-minute back-to-school shopping in your phone. You might have a visit to the pediatrician’s office to update the vaccinations scheduled. If your child is about to head off to college, you should have first-semester’s tuition covered by now and you’re making sure your college student has everything they need for their dorm or apartment.

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So, you and your student(s) are all set for school, right? Well, almost. Don’t forget your dental health. It’s not too late to get your student into the office for a general dentistry check-up before the academic grind of the next nine months begins. Studies show that students miss about two days of school per year due to dental problems or pain (or appointments that could have been scheduled during the summer.)

Worse, a study by the National Institute of Health showed that children with poor oral health were nearly three times more likely than students with good oral health to miss school as a result of dental pain. And absences for pain were associated with poorer school performance, while absences for routine care were not. Even if you’re in class, concentrating on your studies is extremely hard to do if you’re in pain!

For college students, a burgeoning dental problem can turn into a full-blown crisis once they’re away from home and their regular dentist. Trying to find a family dentist you have no relationship with, doesn’t know your history, and may or may not file insurance for you adds enormous stress to an already difficult situation.

Coming in before the school year for a check-up and a cleaning will ensure your student heads into the school year with a clean bill of oral health. And significant peace of mind for mom and dad.

Other things to keep in mind before starting school:

If your child plays sports, we can’t recommend enough the importance of protective mouth guards. At your appointment, we will fit you for the proper guard. Get it done now and avoid the rush following your child’s initial team meeting.

If your child wears braces, snacks and lunches at school can be very difficult. Be sure to refer to information from your orthodontist on candy and snacks to avoid, and stock up on better options.

If your child is heading off to college or boarding school, make sure they have a copy of your dental insurance coverage, and your family dentist’s information in case of a dental emergency.


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Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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