Starting at six months of age, children begin to get baby teeth. Around age six or seven, children start to lose baby teeth, and their permanent teeth start to erupt. This is an important stage of tooth formation and a crucial stage of children’s dental health, and it is very important that children get pediatric dental care during this time. Preventative care in the pediatric years can reduce more serious problems and complications in later years.
It is also very important that children develop good oral hygiene habits at an early age. Unfortunately, with our modern sugar-laden diets, childhood dental caries (cavities) are increasingly common. In fact, childhood cavities are five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever.
Children Have Unique Needs
Children’s dental health is very different than an adult’s. There are very specialized unique issues that a pediatric dentist will address. Children are often nervous and fidgety during an exam, but pediatric dentists know how to examine and treat children in ways that make them comfortable.
A pediatric dentist offers a wide range of treatment options, as well as expertise and training for comprehensive children’s dental health including teeth, gums, and the whole mouth. We offer the best in Long Beach children’s dental health, and we treat common dental problems your child is likely to experience:
- Tooth Decay: tooth decay and cavities are a chronic disease in America, particularly in children aged six to 11.
- Baby Teeth Issues: Sometimes, baby teeth don’t sufficiently loosen or fall out on their own, and require a dentist to help.
- Gum Disease: Kids also get gum disease (gingivitis). Poor oral hygiene causes this gum inflammation. As gums become inflamed, they separate from the tooth, and plaque can build up over time.
- Teeth Grinding: Many school-age children grind their teeth, known as bruxism.
- Thumb Sucking: While thumb sucking may be cute and adorable, it can cause problems if it continues past a certain age.
- Baby Bottle Tooth Decay: a specific type of cavity called nursing caries happen when baby teeth are exposed to sugary or acidic drinks from a baby bottle. Even milk has sugar, and dentists say the number one issue they see is putting children to bed with a bottle.
- Tongue Thrusting: this is another problem that is caused by the way infants swallow. Their tongues are at the top of their mouths and they push on the front teeth. Most children swallow differently as they grow, but some kids continue tongue thrusting which can change the shape of the upper mouth palate, cause tooth damage, and cause misalignments as well.
If you want your child to get dental exams and treatment from one of the best Long Beach children’s dental clinics, we urge you to contact us and make an appointment. At FUNtastic Dental, we offer the care you need, and we also have an online office tour so you can make an informed decision about your children’s dental health before they sit in one of our dental chairs.