Make a Dental Visit Part of Your Back to School Routine

The new school year is around the corner! Newport News family dentist Dr. William Harper have a quick reminder about your family’s dental care…

This is a great time to schedule one of those routine dental cleanings that will help to keep your child’s smile clean and healthy!

Preventive dental care is the foundation of lifelong dental health, and making it a part of your “back to school” routine can help to ensure that it does not get forgotten in the busy lives of today’s modern families.

Routine dental care is not only important for keeping your family smiling, it is also a part of overall health and well being: poor oral health can eventually lead to additional overall health problems, especially as they grow. Helping your young child to establish good oral hygiene habits, including dental cleanings and exams twice a year, will encourage them to maintain their oral health for the long run.

Children should begin visiting with Dr. Harper in his Poquoson dentist office when their primary teeth have all come in- typically around the age of 3. These early visits enable young patients to become familiar with the dentist, his staff and the office environment, helping them to feel comfortable and relaxed during a dental cleaning and exam.

Keeping a young child’s smile healthy can also help to prevent the development of dental problems, such as decay and gum disease, that may require additional procedures to correct- which can sometimes cause dental anxiety that will keep patients away from the dentist for long periods of time.

Dr. Harper offers the wide range of dental services that your growing family needs to address almost any dental health issues and to help maintain a natural, healthy smile!