As the new academic year draws closer, bringing your child in for a general check-up ensures they have a healthy start to their autumn term. It is estimated that a quarter of children in the UK display signs of tooth decay and only 58% of children visit the dentist regularly. Here at Cliftonville, our team are great with kids and will make them feel at ease and comfortable in their surroundings.
The summer holidays can be a difficult time when it comes to making sure your child is caring for their teeth. The change in routine can cause a change in brushing habits and if your child is spending time at various friends’ houses, it may be difficult to know whether they are eating healthily or not. Bringing them in for a check-up will ensure any problems can be flagged up and addressed as early as possible. Your child’s dentist here at Cliftonville will be able to advise on how often you should be bringing your child in for a check-up and following this advice will avoid the possible need for complex and expensive treatment during their adult lives.
Orthodontic mouthguards for contact sports
The autumn term brings the return of several contact sports in secondary school, including hockey and rugby. These sports present a risk of injury that can be significantly reduced by having a custom-made sports mouthguard designed for your child. Over-the-counter versions are available to buy in sports shops but do not come close to offering the same protection as one that has been made specifically for your child’s tooth structure. Boil and bite versions are prone to changing shape, which renders them redundant when it comes to offering protection against impact. In contrast, orthodontic mouthguards retain their shape and ‘hug’ the teeth closely so that when impact occurs it is absorbed by the guard and not the teeth. Your child will be able to engage in the sport that they love without the worry of injury and without having to put up with the gag reflex that is associated with shop-bought versions. You can find out more about sports mouthguards here.
If you would like to book your child’s pre-term check-up appointment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team.