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Back to School in Calgary – Back to Your Calgary Dentist

It’s that time – leaves are starting to turn – pens and post-it-notes have never been more popular – and making an appointment for your child to see a NW Calgary Dentist is at the top of your ‘to-do’ list.  Calgary Dentists at Ranchlands Dental Clinic know first-hand how busy the back to school phase can be but encourage parents to bring their child to a dental appointment prior to the new school year – as once the school bell rings life will be packed with other after school activities.

During the lazy days of summer young patients may have not been as diligent with their brushing and flossing – add to that summer treats of Slurpees, Ice-Cream, and S’Mores – it’s not unusual for young and old tykes to need a thorough dental cleaning and check-up exam.  We know that the bacteria in plaque love sugar – it feeds on it – so when daily tooth brushing is non-existent and sugary drinks and treats have become a daily habit – the formation of plaque becomes exponential and can quickly harden, if not removed by daily brushing and flossing, to become calculus. Sure Grandma’s cookies at the lake are one of the highlights of summer – but their remnants may well be the cause of tooth decay if the normal daily routine of brushing has eased up.

NW Calgary Dentists at Ranchlands Dental want your child to have a great start to the school year – and that means seeing a Calgary Dentist for an exam and cleaning.  During a dental exam a dentist is able to probe and detect sticky areas on teeth – indicating that a cavity may be forming. The acids in the plaque eat away at the outer tissue of teeth – enamel – and create sticky spots that if left undiagnosed and treated go on to become large dental cavities. X-rays may also be taken during your child’s dental appointment to ensure that no cavities are forming in between teeth – where food debris may have hung out for the summer.  Daily flossing is encouraged to remove food particles from between teeth – an area that isn’t accessible with a toothbrush – as the tight spaces make for a great place for bacteria to live.

Don’t send your child back to school with summer sugar bugs on their teeth – Call Ranchlands Dental Clinic today and schedule an appointment for an Exam and Cleaning – Grandma will thank you for it. 403.239.5212


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