Preparing Your Children for School Oral Health Exams
More schools are beginning to implement oral health exams for students. Not sure what we’re talking about? That’s okay; they are still fairly new to school systems countrywide. For the first timers with children attending one of these schools, it’s important to make sure your child is prepared for their exam. Keep in mind, the purpose of these exams is to maintain your children’s health, build healthy dental habits, and prevent future dental problems.
First, be sure that your children are brushing their teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed (bonus points if they are brushing their teeth after lunch too). Begin brushing their teeth with toothpaste from the time their teeth erupt as a baby (you only need an amount the size of a grain of rice).
Second, make sure that they are flossing at least once a day to maintain healthy gums. You can begin flossing for your child as soon as their teeth start to touch, but be gentle.
Be positive. A positive attitude can ensure that your child does not associate negative connotations with the dentist from a young age. For example instead of saying “shots,” “scraper” or “drill,” talk about the “special tools” the dentist will use to clean their mouth. It can also help to remind them that you, as a parent, go to the dentist, but be sure not to mention any negative experiences.
Finally, listen to your child. It is normal for them to be nervous about dental checkups. Allow them to feel free to tell you their concerns.
If you are concerned about these exams, you can contact your child’s school or their dentist with additional questions or schedule your appointment today. Here’s to all our kids going into the school year healthy and happy!