Smile! The First Day Of School Is Almost Here

by Dr. Vareldzis

You may be counting down the days with a mix of eagerness and anxiousness. The first day of the new school year is right around the corner.

It’s time (if you haven’t started already) to get supplies together. Paper, notebooks, pens and pencils, calculators, and who knows what else to fit inside new backpacks.

This is a time when many families get new outfits, too, in hopes that the kids won’t outgrow them before the year is through.

And we’d like to make one more suggestion. Schedule a visit to Hillcrest Family Dentistry if you live in or near Medford, OR, before the school year begins.

A professional dental cleaning and examination can give you peace of mind and your kids great looking smiles on the first day of classes.

Caring For Your Family

Our families are the most important people in the lives of our team. We have a pretty good feeling that your family is at the top of your list of important people, too.

There are several reasons you may want to bring your children in for a dental visit, but the primary reason is quality, basic preventive dentistry.

You don’t want your kids to get cavities, and yet, the American Dental Association reports that more than half of kids will have a cavity between the ages of 5 and 9.

We certainly hope your kids can avoid this particular problem. If one of them does have a cavity, then we would rather treat it now so you don’t get a message from your kid’s school that he or she is complaining about an aching tooth.

At our office, we can provide a thorough cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar that your children may have missed in spite of their assurances that they really did brush and floss their teeth.

We offer fluoride treatments to repair minor damage and to strengthen the enamel of your children’s teeth. We also can apply dental sealants to your children’s teeth to reduce their risk of developing cavities. Sealants are a barrier between bacteria (which cause tooth decay) and the teeth that are most likely to have cavities.

Protecting Smiles

Do any of your children play sports?

Then, we strongly encourage you to get an athletic mouthguard for them to wear during practices and games.

Any mouthguard is better than no mouthguard, but that doesn’t mean all mouthguards are the same.

Boil-and-bite mouthguards — which you can find in stores — do offer a way to reshape the plastic to better fit your child’s teeth. Unfortunately, these also tend to be bulky and uncomfortable.

Sometimes, they may make breathing more difficult or make it harder for your son or daughter to communicate with his or her teammates.

The best protection comes from custom-fitted mouthguards, according to both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association. We can make one of these mouthguards for your son or daughter at our dentist office.

Mouthguards are required for football, which is a good thing, but the AAPD and ADA also recommend mouthguards for any high-impact sport. Those are sports that put a lot of stress on the supporting joints of the body (such as jumping or frequent changes of speed and direction) or involve a lot of contact with other athletes or potentially sports equipment.

The means mouthguards would be recommended for volleyball players this fall and for basketball players and wrestlers in the near future.

Orthodontic Care

Another common concern for parents of preteens and teenagers is teeth alignment.

One of our most popular orthodontic treatments for students (and adults) is Invisalign®. While braces will have a place in orthodontic care for the foreseeable future, Invisalign offers a simple, more comfortable, and often faster way to straighten teeth.

By wearing a series of clear, plastic aligners that are computer-designed specifically for your son or daughter’s teeth, he or she may be able to get a new smile without the hassles of brackets and wires.

In some cases, we may recommend preventive orthodontics for younger patients. Early intervention can reduce and may possibly eliminate the need for full orthodontic treatment when those patients get older.

Take Advantage While You Have Time

All parents have to learn time management skills to deal with all the time they have to take kids one place or another. When school starts, that’s not going to get any easier.

That’s why we recommend coming to our dentist office in Medford, OR, before homework, practices, band competitions, and sporting events eat up your spare time.

All you have to do is call 541-930-8036 or fill out our online form to request an appointment at Hillcrest Family Dentistry.