In getting ready for a new school year, most parents end up with a long back-to-school list. While buying school supplies and clothes is something Mom or Dad can do on their own, if you want to get a back to school dental checkup, you will need to schedule it for your child before their schedules fill up with homework, sports and other after school activities.
1. Dental Problems is the Number One Reason Kids Miss School
Did you know that more than 51 million school hours are lost annually because of illnesses related to dental problems? Childhood tooth decay, is the #1 chronic childhood illness? Pediatric dental disease is 7 times more common than hay fever and 5 times more common than asthma.
Data from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reported:
- 41% of children aged 2 to 11 years had cavities in their primary teeth
- 42% of those aged 6 to 19 years had cavities in their permanent teeth.