By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 11:00 AM CST
After the slow, lazy days of Summer vacation, it is back to school time. For me back to school was always a favorite time of the year for me. I loved the smell of brand new books and that crack sound they made, the excitement of new classes before the work got too hard or I was pressured by exams and paper deadlines, and soon we will feel that touch of Fall in the air. Along with the start of the school year will be those appointments for dental vision exams for your children and teens. This may also be a good time to check out your family’s health and dental plans.
Dental Checkups are increasingly becoming mandatory in many states and should become an important part of back-to-school preparations. Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in children and can interfere with learning and lead to more serious complications. A child who is in pain from tooth decay will have trouble focusing in school. Especially with young children, find a good pediatric dentist or a general dentist who is known for his ability to work with children. This will help encourage life long good dental habits. In addition to treating tooth decay, the back-to-school dental visit can focus on dental hygiene and prevention.
The parents and school must also play a role in good dental health by making sure that healthy and nutritious drinks and snacks are available both at home and at school. According to Dr. Cindy Harms, consumer advisor for the American Dental Association, “When teeth come in frequent contact with sweetened soft drinks and other sugar-containing substances, the risk of tooth decay…is increased as is the potential for erosion of tooth enamel.”
Back-to-school season may also be a good time to check out your family health and dental plans. Hopefully your child will not need anything beyond a dental exam and cleaning. However, if tooth decay is found or orthodontic treatment is necessary, you will want a good dental plan to reduce your costs. A good dental plan will offer substantial discounts on all dental services with no limits on age, visits, or treatment costs. Coverage should be provided for orthodontia and cosmetic dentistry. After all, an attractive smile is very important to your child’s confidence and orthodontic treatment can prevent more serious conditions caused by misalignment of the teeth. All ongoing conditions should be covered by the plan. Many dental plans also offer discounts on vision care with significant discounts on eye exams and eyewear.
Call Destiny Dental for more questions about CareCredit or to see if you a can schedule an appointment. They are located at 1720 Destiny Lane and can be reached by phone at 842-3554. Don’t forget to fan them on facebook.