Back To School Dental Checkups

Dr. Lisa Velazquez with one of her many patients. (Photo courtesy Ocean Pediatric Dental Associates)

By Dr. Lisa Velazquez, Pediatric Dentist, Ocean Pediatric Dental Associates

September is packed with back to school planning, school supplies & Fall sports! Although some uncertainties may exist due to masks & COVID, one thing that hasn’t changed is the need for dental visits! Send your child back to school with a new backpack, school supplies, a new haircut and a HEALTHY SMILE!

We want to remind you to schedule your child’s dental check up to ensure your child’s overall dental and orthodontic health. September and October are great months for dental visits and starting the school year off with healthy habits and routines.

Dental problems and pain may put your child at a disadvantage in school. Studies have shown that kids with dental problems and cavities may be more prone to missed school days, lack of concentration due to discomfort or dental infection, and a decrease in school grades.

Although dental caries are largely preventable, they remain the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 11 years and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. Tooth decay is four times more common than asthma according to the CDC- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Schedule a dental visit and learn more about dental hygiene tips, braces, fluoride treatments and the placement of sealants to help keep your child cavity free!  A healthy smile is connected to a healthy child and a successful student!

We look forward to meeting you and your family! 

Dr Lisa, Dr Matt  & the OPDA team!


AGE 1 = FIRST dental visit
Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
Clean between your teeth daily with floss
Eat nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacking/sipping
Professional cleanings and oral examination 2X a year
Ask about fluoride & dental sealants

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