The sun is shining, the school’s out, and summer is in full swing. It’s a time for family vacations, backyard barbecues, and poolside fun. However, the laid-back, easy-going spirit of summer also presents us with a perfect opportunity for something a little less glamorous, yet highly crucial – catching up on our kids’ dental health.
You’ve likely heard the saying, “prevention is better than cure.” It couldn’t be more accurate regarding dental health, particularly for our kids and teens. Regular dental visits not only keep cavities and gum diseases at bay but they also play a crucial role in their overall health and wellbeing.
- Health Check: There’s a well-documented link between oral health and overall health. The Mayo Clinic has an article that discusses how oral health might affect overall health, mentioning conditions like endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, and pregnancy and birth complications. Mayo Clinic
- Academic Performance: The American Journal of Public Health published a study showing that children with poor oral health were nearly three times more likely to miss school because of dental pain. They were also more likely to do poorly in school. American Journal of Public Health
- Mental Health: An article in the Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry details how poor oral health in children and adolescents can lead to impaired quality of life, and inadequate nutrition and can contribute to the development of mental health disorders. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
- Dental fear in children can be reduced by establishing a trustful relationship with a dentist from a young age, as stated in an article in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
For these reasons and more, summer is an excellent time to ensure your children’s dental health is on the right track. With no school to rush off to, you have the flexibility to schedule appointments at your convenience.
Finding a dentist that your child is comfortable with can go a long way in making dental visits less stressful. For my family, that dentist has been Dr. Adam Pollock in Cuyahoga Falls. We’ve trusted him and his incredible team with our children’s smiles since their preschool days. Today, that trust has only grown as my kids navigate their teenage years.
Our relationship with Dr. Pollock and his staff is built on years of caring, professional service. They’ve not only kept our kids’ teeth healthy but have also fostered a positive attitude towards oral hygiene. From the routine cleanings to the unforeseen dental issues, we’ve had nothing but wonderful experiences.
Dr. Pollock’s team is especially adept at helping young patients feel comfortable and at ease. Their kid-friendly approach helps reduce anxiety and makes each visit a pleasant experience. I firmly believe that having a trusted dental home makes dental health maintenance easier and more effective for both kids and adults.
Summer is here – let’s use this time to prioritize our children’s dental health. Book that overdue dental check-up to get back on track with a good oral health routine. There’s no time like the present, and there’s no excuse when the days are long, and the schedules are lighter.
Trust me, your future self, and your children will thank you for it.
Learn more about our experiences and why we choose Dr. Adam Pollock for our children’s dental care here.
Here’s to a summer of sunshine, smiles, and superb dental health!