If it weren’t for seeing an end in sight to the insane temperatures we’ve been seeing in the lone star state this summer, we’d be almost sad that summer is coming to a close. Summer is a fun time for everyone. The kids- whether they’re in first grade or high school- love the break from school, and parents, although we deny it at times, love having the opportunity to spend more time with their kids.

Nevertheless, summer has to end at some point, and a lot has to be done to make sure the kids start the new school year with everything they need and as smoothly as possible. New clothes for school, a never-ending shopping list of school supplies, new lunchboxes and backpacks, general checkups and physicals, and working out the carpool schedule are all things that have to be taken care of before your kids embark on this next chapter of their childhood, but what about their dental care? Is a dental checkup on your child’s back-to-school list?

If not, it should be. Visiting the dentist is a vital part of maintaining overall health. Going to the dentist as a child is incredibly important because it sets the stage for lifelong dental health, which is a huge component of healthy living. As soon as your child has his or her first adult tooth, regular six-month dental cleanings and checkups should begin. These checkups are just another way to make sure that your kids are practicing quality at-home dental hygiene habits and that their smiles are happy and healthy.

Dr. Corbet Locke is a family dentist in Waco, Texas, and he encourages you to bring your entire family in for regular checkups and cleanings before the kiddos go back to school. Call Dr. Locke‘s dental office at (254) 776-4888 to reserve an appointment for your kids in the next few weeks so they can go back to school with a sparkling smile.

We look forward to seeing you and your family and starting your semester off with a smile.