If you’re the parent of a high school senior, you likely know that the stress of college applications and acceptance is high in the spring semester. Most college applications went out in December, and while your soon-to-be graduate is anxiously awaiting his or her acceptance letters this April, you can help them get a head start by ensuring your child’s oral and overall health before the end of the year. At Medico M.D., we offer a wide range of dental and medical services to help patients of all ages achieve and maintain their optimal health. We have 12 Medico M.D. locations in the DFW Metroplex, and we also have Waco and San Antonio offices. If you want to find out more or schedule dental or medical care for your family, contact any of our friendly healthcare teams today.
Benefits of Dental Checkups
We encourage patients of all ages to visit our office every six months for dental checkups and teeth cleanings. These regular dental exams are our team’s opportunity to assess current levels of oral health, provide recommendations to improve at-home hygiene, and offer basic care to prevent advanced dental concerns. Additionally, as much as 90% of whole body health concerns have side effects that present as oral health issues. That means your dentist may be able to diagnose whole body health concerns in their earliest stages. Visiting the dentist twice a year is an essential means to staying healthy for life. As teens get ready to go to college, make a plan for how and when they will visit our office. We may need to adjust their dental checkup schedule to ensure it fits into their college’s academic calendar. Let us know, and we’ll do our best to accommodate these changes.
Immunizations for College
Every state has its own immunization requirements. For students entering colleges in the state of Texas, the following vaccines are required:
- Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis – should have 3 doses from 8th to 12th grade and boosters every 10 years after
- Polio – should have 3 to 4 doses by the 4th birthday
- Measles, mumps, and rubella – 2 doses before 12th grade
- Hepatitis B – 3 doses between the age of 11 and 15
- Varicella – 2 doses by 12th grade
- Meningococcal – 1 dose on or after 11th birthday
- Hepatitis A – 2 doses before the age of 15
Physicals & Health Exams
Another way to get your teen college-ready is to schedule a wellness check, physical, or general health exam. This is especially important, and usually required, if your child is planning to participate in athletics. We can also provide a wide range of other services to make sure your child can enjoy a safe and healthy fall semester.