Notebooks and pencils. Check. Brand new outfits and shoes. Check. Athletic checkups and equipment. Check. Your child’s school year is off to a great start with all of the necessities.

But, wait! What about those teeth?!

Unless there’s a problem that causing distress, the truth is that not enough children receive adequate dental care. Back-to-school is a critical time for giving them a shot at learning and growing at their best. Before your child gets farther into the school year, make a visit to the dentist. Don’t have dental benefits? Most localities have resources to ensure the health of youngsters.

The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry recommends an annual back-to-school dental, and some schools require one. The visit should include a routine cleaning from a hygienist, a check for healthy tooth development by age, and diagnosis of any problems needing follow up care.

Coupled with good brushing and flossing habits at home, the visit to your child’s dentist will have lasting impact. But, there are other considerations for your child’s teeth at the start of the school year. Does he or she play sports that require protective tooth hardware? Is there no protection but still a chance of mouth injury? Teach them to protect their teeth and tongues for the long run.

And, what about those major culprit times like school lunch with daily doses of too much sugar? The facts are that, even with your best lunch-packing (with fruits like oranges and strawberries, yogurt, and grains), unsolicited snacks and candy will find their way into your child’s school day. Those long days of reading, writing, and arithmetic also represent several hours a day where no brushing occurs. Be sure to encourage brushing after snacks and dinner at home.

The school year is here! Taking these tips to heart will save you and your child undue stress, pain, and an even better school experience.

Our Location

150 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (between Butler St. & Douglas St.)

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Park Slope Kids Dental Care


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  • "My child had the best check-up ever… she even had to have a filling. My daughter didn’t feel any pain and said she really liked Dr Francis!! The office is also great and inviting. Overall a great experience."
    Felicia G.
  • "If you are looking for the perfect place to take your little one for his/her super-important first dental visit, this is the PERFECT FIT! I noticed the new practice that opened up in the neighborhood near where I work, and I’m so glad I gave it a try! Dr. Francis was amazing she made my little guy (he’s 3) feel completely at ease for his first appointment at the dentist. He don’t even cry once! If you knew my kid, you would know that is a major accomplishment! The office is clean and modern with state of the art equipment; totally unexpected for a kids dental office. I have decided to officially make Dr. Francis my munchkin’s dentist! I would definitely recommend the office to other parents and I have already passed the info along to friends and coworkers."
    Melanie M
  • "I have 3-year old twins and we visited Park Slope Kids Dental Care on 3/1 and it was a great experience. Dr. Francis is fantastic and her staff are wonderful. I had to reschedule my appointment at the last minute and they were super accommodating. The office is beautiful and kid-friendly–really. I’ve been to other offices where they claim to be kid-friendly and all I can see that makes it “friendly” are a few books and pint-size chairs. Nicole–mom to C & P (the best gifts ever)"
    Nicole M.
  • "Dr. T Francis at Park Slope Kids Dental Care is great. At our appt yesterday, I hadn’t wanted to let all three to the exam room at once because they would incite a riot, but the doctor said that she welcomed it. She also let my eldest hold instruments during her sisters’ exam. Lovely doctor; great practice."
    Nicole M
  • "I like that this a friendly kids environment dentist office. They make the kids very comfortable and happy smiling teeth. I recommend to every parent who looking for a kid zone dentist office that won’t have your kids screaming their head off."
    Tanya R.
  • "I cannot rave enough about this place! Dr. Francis was amazing and the staff was friendly and professional. The office is clean and modern, with lots of cool activities for kids. I like it that they will accomodate you if you don’t want your kid watching tv! A huge plus in my book! My son is 4 and the exam went off without a hitch. Before we knew it, his teeth were clean, his issues were addressed, and we were out the door with a balloon and a goodie bag! I was dreading this day, but we made it out without my son having a metldown! Dr. Francis is a godsend. This will be his dentist through college!!!!"
    Martien J