Start your engines and get that third pot of coffee brewing, mamas – it is officially SUMMERTIME! This time of year, is exciting (and just a teensy bit overwhelming) for us moms, as it means sun, fun, planning, and lots of quality time with our little ones. However, most of us moms can attest that it also means lots of sugary treats! Between the ice cream truck coming down the block like clockwork every day and bribing your precious little ones with trips to the snowball stand for good behavior, it is inevitable that our kiddos are going to be exposed to some extra sweets in the summertime. Unfortunately, this can have a larger impact than one of your child’s infamous bouncing-off-the-walls sugar rush sessions. Without the proper care and caution, it can also lead to the dreaded C-word – cavities.
Childhood cavities have been on the rise since the mid-1990’s. It is estimated that 51% of children 6 – 11 years of age have had dental caries (cavities) in their primary teeth, and that 1 in 5 (20%) of children aged 5 – 11 currently have at least one untreated decayed tooth. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. Therefore, it is highly recommended that children should visit the dentist once every six months for a teeth cleaning and check-up including x-rays.
There is no better time to schedule one of those bi-annual appointments than the summertime, when your child is out of school and your family’s schedule is more flexible. A summertime trip to the dentist might sound like a drag to your little one, but at Luv Braces & Kid’s Dentistry, we promise to go above and beyond to make it a fun, positive experience for everyone!
At this appointment, Dr. Lucero and his friendly team will clean your little one’s teeth and remove any pesky plaque build-up that could lead to cavities if untreated, as well as perform a fluoride treatment if needed. Dr. Lucero will also impart important brushing and flossing techniques in an engaging, educational way that will empower your child to take great care of their teeth in between appointments, which will be especially key for their oral health during the sweet-laden days of summer.
There’s nothing like an untreated cavity to put a damper on your child’s summer fun or cramp their back-to-school style – smart mamas, make sure that your child’s dentist appointment is on your summer checklist before the back-to-school preparations and hectic fall schedules begin!
Call the office of Luv Braces & Kid’s Dentistry today to schedule and fight those summer sugar bugs! (512) 900-2017