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When it comes to your child’s health, you might want to know that every year, school age children miss more than 51 million hours of school. That’s a lot of missed educational opportunity. And did you know that the cause of this missed time is…dental disease? Well, it’s true, and cavities are the most common chronic disease in school age children.

Regular professional dental cleanings (and oral exams) give us the opportunity to remove plaque and tartar from your child’s smile, which can invite tooth decay. Next, we polish their pearly whites to look their best. What better way to prepare for memorable school pictures besides new outfits to instill self-confident smiles? Our dentist, Dr. Deanna Dudenbostel will also check for signs of dental problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease. The benefit to your child of detecting and treating dental problems in the early stages helps prevent potential dental pain and more invasive intervention later on.

In addition, our dentist examines your child’s molars to see if they may benefit from having dental sealants applied to their chewing surfaces. Dental sealants are thin coatings we paint onto the molars to provide an invisible barrier against cavities. We may also recommend fluoride treatments for your child’s smile protection. In between visits, you can make sure they have fluoride toothpaste to strengthen teeth.

If your child hasn’t had their back to school checkup and dental cleaning, we encourage you to bring them in so that they are best prepared to rock the year with good health and good grades. We encourage you to call (215) 822-6777 to schedule a visit at Colmar Dentistry for Kids. Dr. Deanna Dudenbostel, along with the rest of our staff, are here to help your child enjoy a healthy smile all year round!