Start the New School Year with Healthy Smiles

A healthy smile can make a difference in your kids’ success in school.

The Children’s Dental Health Project reports that kids who have toothaches are four times more likely to have lower grades compared to their peers. The project also notes that a recent survey of 6- to 12-year-olds found that 1 in 7 children reported having a toothache in the previous six months.

It’s also why we urge you to schedule a dental cleaning and exam for your children before classes start again. If you live in or near Decatur, AL, you can visit the office of Charles F. Betts, Jr., DMD. Call 256-274-8680 today to make an appointment with us.

Three Reasons to Schedule an Appointment Soon

The first day of school is approaching faster than your kids would like. Rather than taking your kids out of class for a cleaning, schedule their checkup while you know you will be out and about getting new clothes and supplies.

Here are three quick reasons you may want to swing by our office in the near future:

  1. Keep them in class.

The American Dental Association reports that children in the US miss 51 million hours of school each year because of oral health problems.

If your child has tooth decay today, we can fix it now so it doesn’t turn into a toothache a few months from now.

  1. Keep them free from cavities.

If your child is already cavity-free, we want to tell them great job … and we want to help them stay that way. During your visit, we can apply dental sealants to your kids’ teeth. Sealants are a barrier between their teeth and the bacteria that cause cavities. Getting sealants will reduce your kids risk of developing decayed teeth.

  1. Protect their smiles.

If your family is like many in our area, there’s a decent chance that you have an athlete or a few in your midst. That is a great reason to get a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard from our office.

They aren’t just for football players. The ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend mouthguards for anyone who plays a high-impact sport. If your kids’ do a lot of running, jumping, or hitting, kicking, or catching balls, then they probably should be wearing a mouthguard.

Be Ready for Picture Day

We know that picture day is not the reason your kids go to school. However, we also know that parents cherish photos of their children.

We want your kids to be smiling from ear to ear on that special day during this upcoming school year. That’s much more likely to happen if your kids stay cavity-free and protect their teeth from injury during practices and games.

Call 256-274-8680 today or fill out our online form to request an appointment. Dr. Betts and the rest of our team are here to help you start the school year with a smile!