As the new school year quickly approaches and you begin to form your back to school lists, don’t forget to add a visit to your dentist’s office to your list along with supplies and book shopping. Whether it be for whitening, fitting for mouth guards, or just a regular checkup and cleaning, it is essential to make your way to the dentist after a summer of activities.
Everyone knows that first impressions are important! A young person who sees a bright, white smile in the mirror is also going to be more confident in the presence of their peers. Whitening can be done professionally at your dentist’s office, or you can purchase a take-home teeth whitening kit from your dentist for a more cost-effective option. Our In-Office Zoom Teeth Whitening treatment can whiten your smile up to six shades lighter, to ensure a brighter smile just in time for the new school year. Click here to learn more about our teeth whitening services.
MOUTH GUARDS & NIGHT GUARDS
Some school sports require mouth guards, which is why it is essential to go to your dentist to be fitted for one before these sports kick off. Mouth guards protect against mouth injuries in most sports, and it is important to have one to prevent any extra emergency dentist visits due to a sports related accident. Mouth guards even have a place outside of sports. People who grind their teeth due to stress or just during the night should be fitted for a special night guard to protect against chronic headaches and TMJD (temporo-mandibular joint disorder). You can purchase over-the-counter mouth guards available in some sports shops and pharmacies, but we recommend that patients visit their dental office for a professional fitting to ensure safety and overall comfort. Click here to learn more about mouthguards or TMJ therapy.
CHECK UP & CLEANING
Even if you do not need a teeth whitening or a mouth guard, it’s always good to have an end of summer checkup and professional cleaning. Some schools require medical forms from students before attending, including dental records. At your checkup and professional cleaning, your dentist may also take x-rays to make sure you do not have any cavities or infections. If you do need treatment, you can get it taken care of it before the busy school year schedule sets in.