Teaching your child to maintain proper oral health early in life is essential in establishing good dental care habits. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up every six months for most children. Some kids need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns, or poor oral hygiene.
In addition, children in different age groups have different needs when it comes to oral health, so your pediatric dentist can help you address those needs.
Regular dental visits help your child stay cavity-free. Teeth cleanings remove debris that builds up on the teeth, irritates the gums, and causes decay. Fluoride treatments renew the fluoride content in the enamel, strengthening teeth and preventing cavities. In addition, professional hygiene instructions will help improve your child's brushing and flossing techniques.
Bad breath can be a sign of tooth decay, but it’s an indicator that many parents don’t pick up on. Fortunately, your pediatric dentist will provide an ongoing assessment of changes in your child's oral health. For example, your child may need additional fluoride, dietary changes, or sealants to aid in cavity prevention. The pediatric dentist may also identify orthodontic problems and suggest treatment to guide misaligned teeth as they emerge in the mouth.
Encourage Whole-Body Health
Maintaining a regular dental check-up schedule will ensure that any potential dental issues are quickly identified and treated before they can turn into painful and highly expensive medical problems that may require surgery or permanent treatment options. In addition, there is a strong relationship between oral health and overall health, so taking good care of your child’s mouth will help him or her to grow up strong and healthy.
At Best Kids Dentist, our friendly and gentle staff will provide your child with the best dental experience possible. We offer pediatric dentistry and orthodontic services to help your child maintain proper oral health for life. Call (718) 491-5300 for more information or to schedule an appointment.