Schedule a Back-to-School Dental Checkup Now

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Summertime is fun time. Days are so full of ball games, camping and cookouts that back-to-school can quickly sneak up. Just as kids need classroom supplies and vaccinations to prepare for school, they also need to see the dentist.

Summertime dental visits help send your child back to school cavity-free. According to the American Dental Association, cavities are the most common chronic disease found in school-age children. In fact, dental disease causes children to miss more than 51 million school hours each year. Tooth decay is a battle for everyone, but kids especially have trouble brushing their back teeth, leaving them susceptible to cavities. A semi-annual, preventative dental appointment with Dr. Vacek detects problems early, avoiding pain, trouble eating or speaking and school absences.

Dr. Vacek Wears Kid Gloves with Little Patients

Your child’s teeth are in good hands with Dr. Vacek. He is an expert at pediatric dentistry and takes gentle care with little patients. First visits fast and easy; a quick count and examination of the teeth, a speedy cleaning and tiny ones are out of the chair. As your child grows, a more thorough exam is conducted. Dr. Vacek and his staff will also help your child develop good brushing and flossing skills.

To make the visit go even easier, leave your own anxiety at the door. Kids can pick up on your feelings pretty easily. If your child is already nervous about a visit, bring him or her along to your next appointment. Dr. Vacek calls these “Happy Visits” and they allow your child to become accustomed to the sights and sounds of our Lincoln, Nebraska office.

What to Expect at a Back-to-School Visit

Dr. Vacek will look at the big picture of your child’s mouth, including their teeth and gums. He will make sure the teeth are lining up correctly and the bite is in good shape. He’ll also keep an eye out for orthodontic issues down the road.

Your child may get an x-ray to see how the teeth are developing and if there is any decay between them. The teeth will get a cleaning, removing many or most stains.

Dr. Vacek may suggest adding a dental sealant or fluoride treatment to the visit. These treatments offer added protection against bacteria that gets trapped in the pits and grooves of molars that may lead to cavities.

Bring along your child’s mouthguard so Dr. Vacek can check it for wear and fit before fall sports start.

Enforce Good Dental Habits at Home

You can help your child’s checkups be cavity-free checkups by encouraging your kids to brush twice-a-day for two minutes and floss once a day. 

For kids 6 and under, let them start to brush themselves but jump in when needed. For kids 7 to 12, they know how to brush but may not want to; keep encouraging them to brush and floss and take over if you need to. For teens, out of sight typically means out of mind. It’s important to keep stressing good habits now so they take them with them into adulthood.

Kids need to see the dentist twice-a-year, just like parents. Don’t let summer swim by before making that back-to-school dental appointment. Contact our Lincoln office today!

Dr. Craig Vacek