Children’s dental health is very important, and to safeguard the health of your child’s mouth, you need to take them to the dentist regularly. Here’s a look at why that’s so important.
When you take your child to the dentist, the dentist does a visual exam and takes x-rays, and that allows them to assess the state of your children’s dental health. Unfortunately, cavities are very common among children. In fact, 42% of children ages 2 to 11 have at least one cavity. Taking your child in for regular dental appointments helps to ensure that you find any developing cavities and learn techniques to prevent them.
Stopping Decay in Its Tracks
If the dentist finds decay in your child’s teeth, depending on the severity, your child will need a filling, or they may even need a root canal. Luckily, both of these procedures stop the decay from spreading. Once decay is in children’s mouths, it can spread and compromise the children’s dental health. Early detection disrupts this process.
One of the reasons why it’s so important to stop decay and avoid cavities is so that your child doesn’t lose any teeth or need them pulled. When your child gets their six-year molars, this is especially important because those are adult teeth that your child will have for the rest of their life.
However, when you focus on your children’s dental health, you also help to maintain their baby teeth. Although these teeth eventually fall out, it’s best to allow that to happen naturally. If these teeth have to be pulled due to decay, that leaves empty spaces in your child’s mouth. As the other teeth shift into those spaces, that can make your child’s teeth crooked and misalign their bite. As a result, your child may be more likely to need braces.
Detecting Orthodontic Issues
While looking at children’s dental health, dentists also assess whether or not the child needs braces. Orthodontic treatment is not just for cosmetic purposes. It also helps the health of your child’s mouth. When people have crooked teeth, they are more like to get cavities, have difficulties while chewing, experience jaw pain, or suffer other issues. You can sidestep many of those issues with timely orthodontic treatment.
Cleaning to Protect Children’s Dental Health
In addition to getting routine dental care, children should also get their teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Professional cleanings remove plaque and tartar that you can’t remove on your own at home. That helps to protect the enamel on your child’s teeth and avoid cavities in the future.
Creating Positive Habits
Finally, when your child gets regular dental care, they create positive habits. At their appointments, they learn about the importance of proper dental care, and they also get used to going to the dentist. Unfortunately, many adults who avoid dental care do so because of bad experiences when they were younger, and if your child has positive experiences when they are young that can set the tone for their whole life.
At FUNtastic Pediatric Dental, we are committed to giving our patients a stress-free, anxiety-free dental experience. To set up an appointment, contact us today.