Thinking about scheduling your child’s dental visit this summer? Summer is a great time to have your child’s teeth professionally cleaned and examined. When school is out, parents often find scheduling around activities and sports much simpler, which means our schedule fills up quickly. Here are three tips to making your child’s summer checkup a success:
- Schedule in advance: If you find your calendar is far easier to manage between June and August, you’re not alone. Lately our appointments have been filling up even faster than usual – often booking weeks, if not months ahead of time. If you know your child will be due for their check-up in mid July, try calling in to schedule toward the middle of June. We will make every effort to remind you when it’s time to schedule, so you have plenty of time to get in as close to six months from your last visit as possible. That way, any needed treatment can be addressed sooner rather than later, which can save you and your children time, money and dental pain.
- Note Problems or Concerns: Keep a list of anything out of the ordinary you or your child notices in his or her mouth. These can include discoloration (spots of brown, white or red) on the teeth or gums, swelling of the cheek or gums, pain anywhere in the mouth, loose permanent teeth, loose baby teeth which just won’t fall out, or anything else that seems strange to you. Your dentist will be happy to address any concerns you may have, and answer all questions regarding your child’s dental health at your exam.
- Make it fun: Some children don’t want to sacrifice their summer freedom for a dental visit. Bringing toys or games to play with in the waiting room or during their cleaning can help children feel at home and happy. Our office also provides Nintendo DS games, iPads and movie screens to help pass the time pleasantly. Feel free to ask about our entertainment options, if you’d like to assure your children their dental exam can be an enjoyable experience.