Schedule Your Child’s Summer Dental Appointment Today

Schedule Your Child’s Summer Dental Appointment Today

Your eyes may be the window to the soul, but your mouth is the window to your overall health. Believe it or not, your general health is directly affected by the health of your mouth, teeth, and gums. Good dental health is essential for a high, pain-free quality of life.

Maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile starts early. Since children are more at risk than any other age group for tooth decay, it’s important that your child has regular dental check-ups. Although a trip to the dentist may not be on your agenda for the summer, here are a few reasons why you should schedule your child’s summer appointment sooner rather than later.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Regular dental checkups can help prevent painful and costly restorative work down the road. Taking your child to the dentist every 6 months may seem unnecessary, especially if they practice good dental hygiene, but frequent visits are essential to the health of developing teeth. Most importantly, these appointments check for more than just cavities. During each checkup, dental hygienists and dentists examine your child for a variety of oral health issues including:

  • tooth decay
  • oral cancer
  • gum disease
  • TMJ disorder

Besides daily brushing and flossing, regular dental checkups are one of the best ways to prevent expensive problems from developing.

Starting Young Creates Excellent Dental Habits

Dentophobia, or fear of dentists, is a real phobia among people of all ages. While getting over this fear is difficult, preventing it is easy. By taking your children to the dentist frequently, and starting at a young age, your children will build a relationship with the dental staff and learn that the dentist’s office is not a scary place.

Cavities often appear in hard-to-brush places and are usually caused by improper tooth brushing. During regular checkups, dentists help educate your children on oral hygiene habits such as the importance of flossing, how to brush teeth properly, and brushing techniques. These lessons promote lifelong habits that children will carry with them into adulthood.

Wisdom Teeth Removal is No Walk in the Park

Getting wisdom teeth removed is almost like a rite of passage for teenagers. Although no one ever looks forward to wisdom teeth extraction, not removing them can be even more unpleasant. Wisdom teeth can cause other teeth to become misaligned or overcrowded. You don’t want to spend money on braces for your teen just to have their wisdom teeth ruin the results!

Wisdom teeth extraction is a very common procedure, but every case is different. Most teens recover in three to four days, yet other teens can take up to a week. Recovery from wisdom tooth removal can involve facial swelling, bruising, and post-operative pain. These side effects are much easier to handle at home during the summer when your teen doesn’t need to worry about missing school or facing their peers with chipmunk cheeks.

It’s Not Too Late – Schedule Today

Summer is a great time for fun activities, vacations, and dental checkups. At Davis Gribble Hollowwa Dental, our family dentists will create a comfortable and relaxing dental experience for your child. Contact us to schedule your child’s summer appointment today!

Author Info

Dr. Connor Hollowwa

Dr. Connor Hollowwa is an Albuquerque native. He graduated from the Albuquerque Academy and went on to receive a BA from Rice University. His Doctorate of Dental Surgery is from Creighton University School of Dentistry. Before joining private practice he practiced at the state-of-the-art Isleta Health Center’s Dental Clinic, providing modern dental care for the members of the Pueblo of Isleta. In his free time he enjoys playing the piano, fly-fishing, golfing, and skiing.