Schedule A Back-To-School Checkup

In the next couple of weeks, kids from all over the area will begin returning to school. After that, your schedule is going to become much, much busier. Which is why we recommend families in Gary, IN, schedule a checkup and cleaning for themselves and their children before returning to school. Find out what happens in these preventive visits in today’s blog.

Get Ready for the New School Year

The American Dental Association suggests a visit every six months of children and adults alike, and we agree. If you make a visit now, then your next one should fall around winter break, when your schedule is a little less hectic. Then, the following visit will happen around summer break. You can help ensure you and your family maintain good oral health without missing classes and falling behind in school.

Checkups and Cleanings

The checkup is a chance for the dentist to thoroughly examine your and your family’s smiles. Using advanced technology, we will gain a detailed picture of your current oral health, examining the teeth for signs of decay or infection, and looking for the wear and friction that could point to teeth grinding or TMJ disorder. We’ll examine the gums for warning signs of gingivitis and gum disease, and also look for possible cancerous or precancerous areas that could point to the presence of oral cancer. The sooner we diagnose the problem, the sooner we can begin treatment before serious complications arise that threaten the stability of your smile and overall health.

The cleaning is crucial for keeping your smile healthy. Over time, plaque buildup occurs when bacteria break down food particles. This bacterial byproduct weakens tooth enamel and inflames the gum tissue, boosting the risk of cavities and periodontal disease. A cleaning thoroughly removes all plaque from the smile, offering a brighter smile and fresher breath in the process.

Healthy Smile Habits

We will also discuss ways you and your family can enjoy optimal oral health from home. For example, try to enjoy fewer sugary snacks and drinks. Instead, drink more water and add fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, dairy products, and sugar-free gum to your snack rotation. Make time to brush your teeth when you wake up and again before bed, and always floss each night. These steps can help safeguard your smile’s health and appearance. Id you have any questions about keeping smiles healthy, then contact our team today.

Call for a Consultation

We’re ready to help you and your children enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles. To schedule an appointment with your dentist, contact Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, by calling 219-938-2637, or by emailing our office at We also proudly serve the residents of Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding communities.