If you have a child under six years old, it is time to visit our pediatric dentist. Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, and the worst part is, it’s preventable with good oral hygiene.
Pediatric dental care is essential to help your children’s teeth stay healthy. Good oral hygiene may start in infancy. The idea that baby teeth don’t matter because they just fall out anyway is a myth that if believed, can contribute to serious dental problems throughout life.
When the baby teeth start to decay, it can permanently affect the adult teeth under the gums. If baby teeth need to be extracted early due to decay and developing gum disease, it may affect the position of the adult tooth, as there is no longer a placeholder. This may result in the necessity for orthodontic treatment. Children can learn how to practice good oral hygiene from the time their first teeth erupt.
Our pediatric dentist can teach parents how to clean the gums even before the first teeth arrive by wiping the gums with a soft wet cloth every day. Once the teeth appear, parents can use a special soft toothbrush to keep them clean.
Pediatric dentists have at least two more years of training after dental school to learn how to treat children and how to see future problems in the position of the teeth. Once all the baby teeth have grown in, our pediatric dentist can examine their placement, as well as the placement of the adult teeth still in the gums. It may be possible to predict how the adult teeth will grow in and if any orthodontic problems could arise.
Prevention is much better than treatment, and pediatric dentists are well-trained to prevent dental problems in children. For example, by not allowing your child to go to sleep at night after nursing or drinking a bottle of milk or juice, you may prevent the type of tooth decay that is common in infants.
If you have children of any age, ensure good oral hygiene throughout their lives by bringing them to Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry in Layton. Contact us today to book a dental appointment for your little one!