The new school year will start before you know it. You’re probably taking care of new clothes and school supplies, but have you thought about your children’s teeth? It’s not too late to prevent school-year dental problems that may impact your child’s success. A back to school appointment with Dr. Douglas Callow of Callow Family Dentistry in Plymouth, MI can help your child’s school year be healthy and productive.
Tooth Problems Are School Problems
Your child may still have his or her non-permanent teeth, but those teeth are just as prone to dental problems as adult teeth. A single untreated cavity can result in homework not being done, class absences, and more.
You should know that permanent molars can emerge as early as 6 years of age. They’re often mistaken for temporary teeth, which can be a big problem down the road if they’re not cared for.
Dental cleanings and examinations are the best way to avoid having your child’s school performance and school experience affected by dental issues like cavities, tooth sensitivity, and even the early stages of gum disease.
Head Off Problems-in-Waiting
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, can be a problem in high-school students. Wisdom teeth generally begin “coming in” around age 17, although that age can vary considerably. Having a tooth erupt through the gum can be painful, but problems really arise when one or more wisdom teeth don’t align properly with the existing teeth.
Misaligned wisdom teeth can cause damage to other teeth and nerves in the mouth. In some cases, wisdom teeth don’t emerge completely from the gums. This is not only painful, but can result in dental infection.
Dr. Douglas Callow of Callow Family Dentistry has decades of experience in dealing with children’s dental health issues. He’ll use advanced imaging to detect whether any emerging wisdom teeth are likely to create problems. If so, having that tooth or teeth extracted before school begins can be a wise course of action.
Speaking of Misaligned Teeth…
When your child’s teeth aren’t straight and properly aligned, it may best to take action now to prevent more complicated problems later. Nobody really likes the idea of braces, but this is an area where prevention is much better than having to pay for more complicated and expensive treatment later on.
Depending on your child’s age and needs, Dr. Callow can determine whether traditional braces or clear aligners will produce the best results. Adolescents who have all their permanent teeth may be candidates for Invisalign®. Braces are almost always the treatment of choice for younger children with orthodontic needs.
Act Now For A Great School Year For Your Child
School is challenging enough without having to deal with dental problems. Help your child have a great school year by preventing dental problems.
Schedule a back to school appointment as soon as possible with Callow Family Dentistry in Plymouth, MI. We offer a complete range of dental services for children and adolescents. To arrange a consultation, call our office at 734-404-7336 today.
You can also use our convenient online form.