Our children’s oral health is, of course, as important as the health of any other part of their growing bodies. Many parents, however, aren’t aware of some of the important facts about children’s teeth.
Maybe we get so caught up in all the hubbub of daily activities and running a family that we might not pay attention to some of the finer aspects of making sure our kids’ smiles stay healthy and bright.
Dr. Rooklidge and the staff at Dentistry For Children want to stress how important it is to vigilantly care for your kids’ teeth and their smiles.
Developing good oral hygiene habits in your children while they are still young will go a long way toward establishing those healthy habits for life. We love to see our tiny patients grow up with good dental habits that help them maintain a healthy smile.
With that in mind, we’d like to give you four important facts about children’s dental health that every parent should know.
Tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic disease in children.
Did know that 50 percent of American children develop cavities before the age of five? And worldwide, tooth decay is more common than flu or asthma.
As a parent, you can have a huge impact on how much your children’s teeth suffer from tooth decay. Try to limit sticky, sugary snacks in between meals. Be sure your kids brush their teeth twice daily and floss once a day.
Thumbsucking and pacifiers can cause problems with teeth alignment.
Children often turn to sucking their thumb or a pacifier to soothe themselves, however, these two habits can negatively impact how straight their adult teeth come in.
If you’re having trouble getting your little one to give up these tendencies, then look into buying an orthodontic pacifier. They are specially designed to fit the shape of a baby’s developing mouth and will help reduce the likelihood of needing orthodontic treatment later on.
In our Sandy, UT area dentist offices, one of the cosmetic dentistry solutions we offer is preventive orthodontics. Children as young as seven or eight years old can benefit from early orthodontic intervention if needed. Early treatment can often eliminate the need for braces during their teen years.
Cavities can form from fruit juice, breast milk, and even infant formula.
These nutritious foods and beverages are great for growing babies and children. However if your child is allowed to fall asleep with a bottle or sippy cup in their mouth, sugars left on their teeth can feed bacteria and start to form tooth decay.
Avoid leaving a bottle in your baby’s mouth as he or she falls back to sleep. You might try an orthodontic pacifier (mentioned above) or an empty bottle or cup to soothe them.
As soon as your child’s teeth start to come in, you should begin brushing them. Around their first birthday, they should come in for their first dental visit so we can have a quick look at their tiny teeth and catch any early signs of decay.
About 20 percent of children ages 2 to 19 have untreated cavities.
Many parents are not aware of how susceptible their kids are to dental decay. Untreated cavities can lead not only to discomfort and pain for your child, but also severely diseased teeth that may eventually require root canal treatment or other dental restorations.
Bringing your child to our office twice a year will go a long way toward catching and stopping tooth decay before it reaches that critical stage. At each regular checkup we will clean and examine their teeth for any signs of problems.
If we do find any cavities, our Solea CO2 laser allows us to painlessly numb their teeth and remove decay at the same time – with no shots!
And we also have sedation options available if your child is especially nervous or fearful. Depending on their needs, we offer laughing gas (“inhaled sedation”), conscious oral sedation with a pleasant-tasting beverage, and even IV sedation if needed.
Just ask, and our caring team will make sure both you and your child are as relaxed as possible during your visit.
Now that you know these four important facts about children’s teeth, call either of our convenient locations today for an appointment for your little one! You can also use our online form.