The Importance of Pediatric Dental Care

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Having proper oral health care for your kids is just as essential to their overall health. With pediatric dental care, aside from being set up for a lifetime of healthy smiles, they are also being protected from harmful tooth decay and poor oral health as they grow.

Taking care of your child’s teeth is best started when he or she is still very young. To be exact, taking care of your child’s oral health should begin at infancy. Before the first tooth even erupts, we encourage you to start doing primary dental care already, such as wiping your child’s gums with a soft damp cloth after every bottle feeding. Once the baby teeth begin to show, start to practice a simple dental routine with your child to keep your baby’s teeth clean. There are toothbrushes, explicitly designed for babies or smaller kids, that have little brush heads for better reach and cleaning. However, aside from teaching our kids good dental habits at home, we should also make sure that they are seen by a dental health professional regularly.

In the US, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood illness. Tooth decay can lead to infection even to other parts of the body, such as the ear and sinuses. It can also lead to tooth loss and further oral problems even to adulthood. That is why your child needs to have a pediatric dental caregiver as early as possible. Pediatric dental care safeguards your child’s baby teeth from harmful tooth decay and helps the baby teeth stay strong and healthy until the permanent ones come out. A pediatric dentist is a specially trained professional who looks after your child’s dental health.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that once the first tooth erupts, your child should visit a pediatric dentist already. Meanwhile, regular visits should be done every six months for routine check-up and cleaning as preventive care against tooth decay and other dental diseases. The pediatric dentist will make sure that your child’s teeth are developing correctly, and dental problems, if any, are addressed early on. In the event of early tooth decay, restoring a baby tooth after cavity removal will help stop further damage to the tooth and allow for the permanent tooth to grow properly.

Pediatric dental care equips the kids as well as the parents on proper oral care so that they will carry these good dental practices into adulthood. After all, our kids’ primary teeth are just as important as their permanent teeth.

Sources:

The Importance Of Pediatric Dental Care, Colgate https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/infant-kids/the-importance-of-pediatric-dental-care-1212

The Importance of Pediatric Dental Health, CHildrensDentalHealth.com http://childrensdentalhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Importance-of-Pediatric-Dental-Health.pdf

Dental Health & Hygiene for Young Children, HealthyChildren.org https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/oral-health/Pages/Teething-and-Dental-Hygiene.aspx

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