Dentistry for Kids
Children grow so fast parents have so many responsibilities and concerns. They always take them to the doctor when they are sick and for check-ups. They make sure they eat a healthy diet and get exercise and take care of themselves as they get older. There is another important aspect of growing up which parents need to also stress with their children which is dental care.
In some cases, parents struggle with when to start taking the kids to the dentist. According to the American Dental Association, children should begin going to the dentist before turning one. While this seems early, it is important for them to learn the correct ways to floss and brush their teeth. These habits will be learned and adopted by the children and continue to practice them as they grow up. They can have better oral health awareness, paying attention to their teeth and gums as they brush and floss to avoid contracting bad conditions and diseases.
For those patients with questions about pediatric dentistry, please stop by our office at Excel Dental for more information. We are more than willing to provide your child with his or her first dental exam.
What Age Should I Take my Child to the Dentist?
The American Dental Association agrees with the Academy of Pediatrics. They both suggest the first time a child should come to the dentist is before turning one year old. While this might seem quite young, it truly is never too early to educate children how to take care of their teeth. It is also important to talk to the parents about how to properly take care of the children’s oral health. It will also be recommended parents work to get their children off of the bottle and using a cup. Also, there will be discussions about the child’s diet and how they should avoid candy and sodas which might hard on their teeth and gums.
Why is it Important?
Starting early with children going to the dentist can significantly reduce the number of issues they have with their teeth when they are older. Following the instructions by the dentist and reduce future issues.
Surprisingly, the most common diagnosed disease among children is tooth decay. However, unlike so many other diseases children have to suffer from like cancer, diabetes, and tooth loss, tooth decay can be readily avoided by brushing and flossing two times a day. The University of Washington did a study showing that 40% of children will face tooth decay before reading five years old. The study also showed that one in five will have cavities over multiple teeth and 60% of them will have tooth decay issues. While the numbers are shocking remember, that tooth decay can be avoided by properly following the guidelines set forth by the American Dental Association.
There is no need to have children suffer through tooth decay and the associated complications of fillings and other invasive procedures. Come in today to find out more. Our office is located at Excel Dental. Please give us a call so we can talk to you about your concerns. Our number is (360) 369-3930. Call us today to get your office visit scheduled.