The Old College Try – Getting Kids to the Dentist

While at college, your child will most likely start a new routine. Trying new things is part of the experience, but studying late and eating junk food may jeopardize already established oral health habits like brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly.

Regular dental checkups are important, especially for college-aged students who may be surviving mostly on pizza and soda. Checkups can help ensure that any oral health problems are taken care of before they become more serious and expensive.

So what’s a parent to do? While you won’t be at college to make sure your child sticks to a good oral health care routine, you can lend a hand by scheduling his or her dental appointments.

  • Convenience and ease are important for busy kids, so try scheduling appointments over breaks or long weekends at home.
  • Dental of Illinois’ “Provider Search” tool on our website  and mobile app can help you and your child find a great new dentist.
  • Keep in mind that as long as you have a dental plan that covers dependents, your child may be able to take advantage of your benefits up to age 26. Check your plan details to find out how long your child is eligible.

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