Why Your Children Should Have Dental Appointments This Summer

Child at dental appointment

Now that it’s summer, your kids are no doubt excited to be able to get away from the daily pressures of attending classes and doing homework. However, there are some responsibilities that nobody can take a vacation from, and as a parent that includes making sure your child’s teeth and gums are well-cared for. If your children haven’t had either of their two dentist appointments for the year, they could be at a higher risk for issues such as tooth decay. Learn more about why the dentist and a good oral hygiene routine need to be part of your summer plans.

Why is Oral Health So Important for Kids?

In the United States, cavities are one of the most common childhood diseases. According to the CDC, roughly a fifth of U.S. children ages 5 to 11 have at least one decayed tooth that has gone untreated. If a cavity is left unchecked, your child will experience a great amount of pain and discomfort, and they may eventually require expensive and complicated treatment; they may also start to associate the dentist with pain, which can lead to anxieties later in life.

You may not think cavities in baby teeth are a problem since they’ll fall out anyway. However, infections in these temporary teeth can make adult teeth more susceptible to decay; also, if a baby tooth comes out too early, its replacement may not come in correctly.

Why are Summer Dental Appointments Essential?

Tooth decay can be hard to identify in its earliest stages; that’s why visiting your children’s dentist twice a year is so important. They can thoroughly clean the mouth of plaque and can recognize and treat potential health problems in their early, more manageable stages.

If school and extracurricular activities are making it difficult to schedule an appointment during the school year, summer can be the perfect opportunity. Not only will it be easier to find the time, but your child is more likely to be generally relaxed, which can make for an overall more positive visit.

How Can I Teach My Children Good Oral Health Habits?

Of course, seeing the dentist is only part of good oral hygiene; you also have to make sure your kids are learning the right behaviors. Here are some things you can do:

  • Let your kids pick a toothbrush and see if you can find a toothpaste with a flavor they like to help them get excited about brushing.
  • Make sure they’re brushing regularly; make brushing part of the tasks they need to complete before going outside or playing games.
  • Don’t let them indulge in too much candy and soda.

By making sure good habits are internalized early on, it’s more likely they’ll continue into adulthood. Make sure healthy teeth are a highlight of your child’s summer!

About the Author

At Mor Smiles, Drs. Sean Moriarty, Michael H. Cohen and David Azizyan bring healthy smiles to the Lancaster County community. In addition to regular checkups and cleanings, they offer dental sealants for children who may have trouble brushing their back teeth. To schedule an appointment, visit their website or call (717) 340 – 0478.

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Meet Gretchen

Gretchen was told by her last Dentist that she should have all her teeth pulled and replaced with dentures. Her mother had dentures and she couldn’t even imagine not having her own teeth. She knew she was going to need a lot of work if she wanted to keep her teeth and wanted to do as few appointments as possible. Dr. Moriarty suggested IV sedation and Gretchen agreed that this was her best option. She couldn’t believe how easy the appointments were and wished she would have started the process sooner.

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Meet LuAnn

LuAnn was wearing a complete lower denture. She was disappointed that it no longer fit and was having trouble eating. She decided to have dental implants placed and have teeth anchored to the implants so she would not have to remove them. She loves her new lower teeth so much that she is ready to replace the upper teeth with new crowns that will match the bottom.

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Meet Adam

Adam was concerned about the infection in his mouth. He felt his overall health was suffering and had consulted with his medical Doctor too. Dr. Moriarty found that he had moderate gum disease and several infected teeth. After just two appointments the majority of his dentistry was completed and Adam felt his energy levels returned to normal and was feeling great.

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Meet Elizabeth

Liz suffered from severe dental phobia. She hadn’t been to the Dentist in years and just couldn’t delay dental care one more day. She was very self-conscious about her smile. She was in constant pain and she couldn’t chew her food. She wanted a natural smile and requested that all of her treatment be done with IV sedation. Liz is now very confident with her new smile and is no longer fearful of dentistry.

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Meet Iris

Iris suffered from a chronic condition that kept her isolated in her home for years. She sent an email to the office expressing how embarrassed and afraid she was to come in for care. Dr. Moriarty assured her that he would help her and his office was judgment free. Iris knew she needed a lot of work and would only consent to treatment if she could be sedated. After her initial consultation appointment, she was scheduled to get started. All of her treatment was completed in two visits under IV sedation. She is so grateful to Dr. Moriarty, not only did he change her smile, he changed her life!

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Meet Joe

Joe never really thought about his teeth. But as he got older, he noticed his teeth were falling apart. His goal was to have a younger smile which reflected his spirit. Dr. Moriarty placed all porcelain crowns on four of his upper front teeth. The result, the more youthful smile he desired.

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Meet Sara

Sara came into the office for her preventive cleaning. She was getting married in six months and confessed that she didn’t love her smile. She wanted to make some improvements before she got married. Dr. Moriarty completed two all porcelain crowns for her in just two visits. Sara was thrilled with the results and her smile was radiant in all of her wedding photos.

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Meet Jen

Jen was frustrated with her teeth. She felt like she had a cavity every time she went to the Dentist. Jen had a lot of cavities filled throughout her young life, but the fillings didn’t seem to match her teeth very well and she felt like everyone stared at her smile. She decided that she wanted a longer lasting fix for her smile. Porcelain veneers were the answer. Jen had ten veneers placed on her upper front teeth and her new smile was an instant boost in her self-confidence!

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Meet Jo

Jo wanted straight teeth all of her life. When she was an adult she decided to look at her options to correct her crooked smile. Of course, braces were suggested, but, she just couldn’t see herself with brace at this point in her life and really wanted faster results. Dr. Moriarty suggested porcelain veneers. Jo liked the idea of an instant result and in two visits she left with a gorgeous new smile.

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Meet Sue

Sue repeatedly had cosmetic bonding done on her teeth, and was satisfied with the results, but never thrilled. When it was time to replace the bonding, she expected a similar result. What she didn’t expect was this radiating smile that surpassed her expectations. She is smiling more than ever before.

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Meet Darlene

Darlene called the office at 9:00 am on a Wednesday morning. She hadn’t been to the dentist in 10 years and her front tooth broke. She was embarrassed and needed help immediately. She came to the office an hour later and left smiling. Darlene started the process of fixed bridge work, teeth that she brushes in her mouth. She knows she has other needs and vows that she will never miss a checkup appointment again!

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Meet Pamela

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