Why Your Child Needs to Visit the Dentist
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The sooner children begin getting regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths will stay throughout their lives.
Getting your child to the dentist when they are young helps prevent cavities and tooth decay – both of which can lead to pain, trouble concentrating and other dental and medical issues. Children with healthy teeth can chew food easily, learn to speak clearly and smile with confidence.
Why is Tooth Decay Harmful to Children?
- Missed School
Cavities lead to dental emergencies which can mean pulling kids out of school for dental fillings
- Lowered Confidence
When unhappy with their smile, kids can lose confidence and may cause them to become quiet and struggle to speak up because they want to keep their teeth hidden
- Poor Tooth Development
Healthy baby teeth guide the growth of healthy adult teeth
- Cause Dental Anxiety
If children have to go through drilling and shots at a young age it may cause them to get anxiety about going to a dentist later in life and lead to avoidance of dental care
- Poor Sleep
Painful cavities can rob children of crucial hours of sleep
- Problems Eating & Speaking
Discomfort due to cavities or decay can cause daily activities such as eating and speaking to become difficult
How Often Should My Child go to the Dentist?
At the age of one or when the first tooth comes in, your child should see the dentist. Tooth decay can start early which is why it is important to bring in your child as soon as their teeth start to develop. Plus, as their teeth grow, you child may have different dental needs which can be addressed in check-ups. We recommend check-ups every 6 months.
How to Avoid Tooth Decay in Kids
- Don’t skip dental exams
- Use fluoride toothpaste
- Limit sugary and acidic drinks
- Give your kids healthy, teeth-friendly snacks
The most important factor in tooth decay?
The number of times sugar is in the mouth.
Call today to schedule your child’s dental visits at our Issaquah or Renton dental practice.