The dentists in our office love to treat children and start healthy habits early! Children should visit a dentist for check-ups regularly. Ideally, parents should take children for dental check-ups as soon as they turn one year old. The child’s primary (baby) teeth help with clear speech, proper development of the facial structure and chewing of food to attain good nutrition. However, children often start to develop cavities when their teeth begin to emerge. Sugary foods and drinks consumed by young children can greatly affect dental health in youngsters. Consulting a dentist is essential to avoid decay and protect a child’s teeth. Early visits to your dentist can help resolve detrimental habits, diagnose and correct soft tissue insufficiencies (tongue-tie) as well as help educate the family on healthy dental habits.
At a pediatric dental visit, the dentist will make a detailed assessment of your child's teeth and jaws. Early diagnosis of dental concerns allow the dentist to treat a child before the concerns escalate to more complex problems. X-rays are taken when required to guide dentists in diagnosis and treatment.
Children can get overwhelmed with the environment of dental offices, and our dentists and their team understand this. Our team strives to make every patient, including children, comfortable in our office. If extensive treatment is recommended and if completing the treatment is unrealistic without sedation dentistry, a child may be referred to a specialty pediatric dental office that offers these services.
Regular visits to a pediatric dentist will help maintain a child’s oral health. If the correct oral hygiene and nutrition steps are followed at home and in the dental office, ideally, a child may never develop a cavity in a baby tooth. Moreover, there are many dental and soft tissue abnormalities that can be observed in children. With proper and timely intervention, these abnormalities can often be treated without extensive dental care.
From a young age, children should be taught good oral habits to maintain their oral health throughout their life. This can be done by teaching the children and parents the dangers of cavities, healthy dental practices such as proper brushing and flossing techniques, and healthy diets, etc. The dentist can also help ingrain these habits early in childhood which will continue well into adulthood.
Routine check-ups for your children will help prevent the formation of dental cavities due to the decay of a tooth. If children have poor diets, are not provided proper dental care and do not have good oral hygiene at home, they are at high risk of developing cavities. These cavities can lead to more complicated oral health issues if left undetected and untreated. A dentist can help prevent dental cavities and give you tips for maintaining good oral hygiene.
Tooth decay and cavities are the most common issues among children. Hence, early detection of these problems will help prevent long-term harm to your child's oral health.
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