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Children are especially vulnerable to tooth decay and gum problems for several reasons. For example, children typically need to practice good oral hygiene habits independently. This can be due to various reasons, including the fact that the behavior isn’t modeled for them by their parents or caregivers, and children have a higher rate of accidents than adults.
In addition to practicing good oral health habits at home, bringing your child to a dentist for regular checkups and cleanings twice a year is essential. These appointments will allow your dentist to monitor the health of your child’s teeth and gums and provide professional cleaning to remove plaque buildup. This can help prevent more serious dental issues from developing in the future.
Regular trips to the dentist at Smiles by Design, can also help your child to become more comfortable with the dentist’s office and the procedures used during these visits. This can make it easier for your child to independently take care of their oral health as they age into adulthood.
Pediatric dentists understand children’s behavior and can best communicate with them to help them feel comfortable. This helps to lessen their anxiety about coming to the dentist. A pediatric dentist can educate your child on good oral hygiene habits to maintain healthy teeth and gums as they age. Pediatric dentists also promote early dental care so your child can have a healthy smile for life.
Children are growing and need specialized care to maintain their oral health. Early dental care promotes positive behavioral changes such as regular brushing and flossing that can prevent cavities. Pediatric dentists can also diagnose oral issues such as gum disease in children before they develop more severe problems later in life. Some issues affecting a child’s teeth include finger sucking, mouth breathing, pacifier use, poor nutrition, and frequent ingestion of sugary liquids. These factors can all lead to tooth decay if left untreated.