No parent wants to find that their child has a tooth ache, especially when it is due to a cavity. Even a ‘baby’ tooth will require cavity repair to prevent worsening pain and to help the tooth hold its position so permanent, adult teeth can emerge properly.
Yet, in today’s world, the challenges of excess sugar, frequent snacking and acidic colas and juices are often more than tooth enamel can fight off. According to the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):
• 20 percent of children aged 5 – 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.
• 13 percent of adolescents aged 12 – 19 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children have a dental checkup by their first birthday. As teeth are emerging, they can be evaluated for position and cleaning techniques can be explained.
It is important to know that some families are more susceptible to certain strains of oral bacteria, which can lead to even more risk for tooth decay. If your family seems to experience cavities even with a committed oral hygiene regimen at home, we can discuss the cleaning techniques for your child as well as all family members to minimize the likelihood of cavities.
We can also discuss options for added protection to teeth, which will help lower the potential for cavities. These include:
• An at-home regimen of twice-daily brushing and daily flossing
• Dental checkups and cleanings every six months
• Fluoride treatments as advised by your dentist or hygienist
• Sealants as advised by your dentist or hygienist
• A healthy diet that is low in sugar and acidic foods and beverages
Early care is beneficial for several reasons. According to the CDC, helping children get off to a good beginning smile-wise can also translate into a nice savings. They show that dental care expenses are nearly 40 percent lower for children who see a dentist by the age of 5. (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/su6302a9.htm)
Avoiding cavities, quite frankly, takes just minutes a day. Remember that your children will reflect your own personal commitment to having good oral health, which is one more reason that it’s wise to be a good example of daily brushing and flossing habits.
Additionally, your child’s attitude toward dental visits will be impacted by your frequency as well as your encouragement. It is helpful to say things like, “Your dental checkup is tomorrow to give your smile its twice-a-year brightening!” Avoid comments such as, “It won’t hurt.” or “I know you don’t want to go but…” These are negative statements that create an unfair impression of a positive dental relationship.
By helping your child avoid cavities with easy at-home steps, you’ll help to save time and costs required for repairs they’ll need. And, you’ll help to set your child up for a lifetime of good oral care habits that will lead to healthier smiles for his or her lifetime.
Begin with your child by visiting our web site: www.WhereLastingSmilesBegin.com. Together, watch our video tour to become familiar with our office. (https://www.banrbarbatdds.com/videos/#video-tour)
Then, call 586-739-2155 to discuss an initial examination. We will do everything we can to provide a happy, comfortable and positive beginning for your child’s precious smile!