Giving your children great oral care in Utah Valley UT starts with understanding the development of their mouth and what can harm their mouths. The more educated you are about your children’s teeth, the better care you can give them.
Dentistry For Children can be your partner in giving your child elite dental care. We are a pediatric dental practice with two locations that can treat every child’s dental issues. Dr. Rooklidge and his dental team — we have five expert children’s dentists — offering preventive treatments while also providing advanced restorative treatments for children with extensive decay or major dental abnormalities. We treat children from 1 to 18!
Here are a few facts about your children’s teeth that you need to know. We believe these facts will encourage you and others to make their children’s dental health a major priority.
Children Should Visit the Dentist at Age 1
The American Dental Association recommends that parents bring their child to the dentist around the age of 1. Some parents wait until after the age of 3 or older to bring their children to the dentist. We like to see patients earlier so we can track the tooth and jawbone development. During your child’s first visit, we’ll look at the teeth and and jawbone and show you how to properly brush your teeth. Any teeth can get cavities, so it’s important to properly brush your child’s teeth as soon as they erupt.
A HUGE number of children’s dental injuries happen during sports
Many of our children will be active in sports this summer or spend some of their free time running around with their friends. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry estimates that about 10 to 39 percent of children’s dental injuries come from sports. If your child is in sports, you might consider a custom athletic mouthguard. You can find mouthguards at any pharmacy in the country, but these boil-and-bite mouthguards are not custom to the mouth. A custom mouthguard will protect your child from tooth injuries and even jaw issues.
Almost 80 percent of children between the ages of 1 to 17 have cavities
Cavities are a serious problem for youngster. In fact, cavities are the most common chronic disease in children. There are more common than the “common” cold even. At Dentistry For Children, our team is using aggressive preventive techniques to keep your child cavity free. That means offering solutions like dental sealants (which are placed on the biting surface of teeth) or fluoride (this substance has been proven to lower the risk of cavities and even repair damaged enamel). We’re also using high-strength resin material to restore cavities. These tooth-colored fillings match the natural color of the smile and last for years.
Many children have untreated cavities
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that nearly 19 percent of children in this country have untreated cavities. This is troubling for many reasons. For one, dental decay will not go away on its own. You’ll need a dentist to remove the infection and restore the tooth. Additionally, dental decay can cause severe pain. Teeth with cavities can be sensitive whenever you’re eating or drinking. And, an infection that reaches the dental pulp can cause extreme discomfort.
Schedule your visit today
Our West Valley office is here to help you and your child learn as much as possible about their oral health. We can help your child prevent series problems or overcome major smile flaws. Give us a call today at 801-758-7119 or use the online form.