Heading back to school?

Heading back to school?

When the countdown to the first day of school begins, parents often overlook an essential health screening… the dental check up.

Did you know that untreated tooth decay can lead to difficulty eating, speaking, playing and learning? Regular dental checkups and preventative care, like cleanings and fluoride treatments, provide “smile” insurance. Routine visits can detect dental problems that can be treated early and minimize damage to a child’s teeth. So let’s get ahead of the damaging effects of tooth decay by scheduling a dental check up.

“Regular dental check-ups help us identify tooth decay in its earliest stages. Often this can be reversed with a thorough in-office cleaning and improved dental hygiene.” -Dr. Retrum

While often overlooked, a Back to School Dental check-up is definitely important. This time of year is all about setting our children up for success. With that in mind, here are three more Back to School dental tips.

Our Top 3 Back to School dental tips:


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  1. Brush & Floss Regularly. Use fluoride toothpaste and remember to change your toothbrush at least every three months (report cards come out every three months…) and always after an illness.
  2. Make Healthy Lunch & Snack Choices. Help your child make more teeth-smart food choices. Packing a lunch is a great way to minimize the damage caused by sticky, sugary foods and drinks. Eating in the cafeteria? Take some time to review the healthiest choices on the menu.
  3. Finally, Wear a Mouthguard! Playing sports this year? Please wear a properly fitted mouthguard! The ADA projects that almost one third of all dental injuries are sports related. We proudly offer custom-fit mouthguards to protect your pearly whites!


Heading back to school is always exciting, but it is so much more than just pencils and pens. Completing a dental check up is essential to your child’s overall health and we are here to help.

Keep these tips in mind and have a mouth-happy school year.

Please call our office to schedule your dental check up or to schedule an appointment for a custom-fit mouthguard.