Dr. Xenia Deans, a dentist at Cornerstone Family Healthcare, was a guest on WALL Radio Thursday, February 11, 2021 to discuss Children’s Dental Health Month.
A healthy mouth and teeth are an important part of a child’s overall wellness. Untreated cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. In fact, studies have shown that children with poor dental health perform worse in school than children who have good dental health. Children with poor dental health are less inclined to speak up in the classroom, socialize in the classroom and even smile.
WALL Radio Interview with Dr. Deans
Please click the link below to hear Dr. Deans’ entire interview or read on to learn more. Thank you to WALL Radio for having Cornerstone Family Healthcare as a guest. To schedule a dental appointment with a Cornerstone provider, call 845-563-8000.
Children’s Dental Health Tips
- Lead by example—Kids model what parents do, so it’s important that your kids see you brushing your teeth twice a day. If they don’t see you doing it, they won’t be inclined to do it themselves.
- Aim to brush twice per day (morning and night) and floss once per day for good health—Poor dental health increases the risk of a bacterial infection in the blood stream, which can affect valves in your heart.
- Drink more water—A 12 oz bottle of Coke has 39g of sugar (equivalent to almost 10 sugar packets!) Sugary soft drinks and juices trigger the bacteria in your mouth to produce acid and cause cavities
- Some chewing gums help prevent cavities—Some brands of gum (such as Trident) are sweetened with xylitol, a bacteria fighting ingredient that has been clinically proven to help prevent cavities.
- Early childhood cavities is often caused by milk—Try to avoid a bottle or sippy cup to your child when he or she is going to bed or taking a nap.
- Flossing is important—Wherever teeth touch needs to be cleaned! When you do not floss, you are missing over 40% of tooth surfaces.
- Schedule a dental checkup—Dental checkups should be every six months starting when a child gets their first tooth.
It’s hard to believe that we’re already planning for kids to head back to school. While the 2020-20201 school year may be a little different than before, one things remains the same – the importance of your child’s annual back-to-school physical exam. We recommend that your child receives an annual wellness checkup every year, even if it is not required by the school district.
What to Expect During Your Child’s Annual Physical
Annual physicals are a valuable way to monitor your child’s physical health and development, as well as their emotional and social development. Wellness checkups are tailored to your child’s age and are an excellent opportunity for you or your child to ask the doctor about any concerns you have.
During your child’s annual exam, we will:
- Do a physical exam, including height and weight
- Check blood pressure, vision and hearing
- Inquire about your child’s development (social, gross and fine motor skills, speech and communication skills, and more), nutrition, exercise habits and sleep patterns
- Review your child’s medical history & immunization status
- Provide age-appropriate safety information & health education
- Follow the standards set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Make Sure Immunizations are Up-to-Date
To prevent the spread of diseases and to keep all kids of all ages safe and healthy, students from kindergarten to college must have proof of immunizations before they can start school. During your child’s physical, your provider will make sure all immunizations are up-to-date, and administer vaccines if needed. It’s important that whoever brings your child to his or her appointment knows the child’s medical and vaccination history. Make sure to keep vaccination records (sometimes called immunization records) in a safe place. These records provide a history of all the vaccines you received as a child and adult, and may be required for certain jobs, travel abroad, or school registration.
How to Prepare for Your Visit
The necessary health forms may vary by school district, so please check with the district where your child will be attending school to get the proper forms prior to the appointment for your child’s physical exam. If your child is also receiving a sports physical examination (required if your child will be participating in any sports activities during the school year), please also bring these forms to your appointment.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Don’t delay. Beat the back-to-school rush and book your appointment today by calling 845-563-8000. Safety procedures are in place and we are properly sanitizing all exam rooms in between each session to keep you safe and healthy. Thank you for trusting Cornerstone Family Healthcare with your health.