Dentistry For Kids
As one might expect, parents constantly worry about their children and their well-being. They are worried they might make the wrong choice or forget something vital to their child’s health, which will result in them getting hurt or sick. Every parent wants to ensure their children see a doctor regularly, eat a healthy diet, and wear a helmet while riding their bike. Parents also worry about their children’s oral health. Who wouldn’t want their children’s teeth to be healthy and vibrant? The answer is easy. Thus, the question really becomes, when should parents first take their children to the dentist?
The answer is, the sooner the better. It is never too early to begin teaching proper oral care. The younger the children are, the more comfortable they become seeing the dentist, which can help to alleviate the concerns many patients have later in life. Children will also learn how to properly care for their teeth, with brushing and flossing instructions. Those oral health care habits will be carried with them throughout their adult life. Proper eating and drinking habits, and how what we eat and drink affects our teeth will be discussed as well. Children need to understand their dentist is there to help them and going to the dentist is nothing to fear. By having their teeth cleaned early in life, staff can pinpoint areas in need of attention, so treatment can begin early to avoid invasive dental procedures later on in life.
Those parents who are interested in finding out more about their children’s oral health needs should come to our Artistic Dental office. Our staff is always eager to help children have a positive first visit to the dentist’s office.
When Should My Child Start Coming to the Dentist?
The recommendation from the American Dental Association and the Academy of Pediatrics might shock some parents. It might seem way too early to start bringing their children to the dentist, but it isn’t. It is recommended all children see the dentist before they turn one year old. This is so both the parent and the child can be educated about how to brush and floss and what to expect as teeth begin coming in.
How Important is Pediatric Dentistry?
Believe it or not, the most frequently diagnosed condition in children today is tooth decay. Tooth decay remains the only childhood disease that can be completely cured by simply flossing and brushing twice a day.
A study conducted by the University of Washington found that 40% of participating children had some form of tooth decay prior to reaching kindergarten. In those children, 60% had tooth decay and cavities in more than one tooth. It might seem shocking, but every one of those children could easily avoid those issues. By simply brushing and flossing, two times a day, children minimize their chances of tooth decay. Spending only a few minutes in the morning and at night, children can avoid tooth decay.
Any parents who wish to discuss the oral health of their children are always welcome to come by our Artistic Dental office. We can be reached by phone at (848) 222-3984. Call us today.