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Do Children Need to Visit the Dentist?

Last month children when back to school, and there is a bunch of stuff to do during the month school starts. But once the back to school season has slowed down it is a great time to start taking care of your child’s teeth! While it is ideal that you visit the dentist before school starts so you don’t have to miss out on any learning, taking care of your teeth is super important.

Pediatric dentistry is all about helping children’s mouth develop properly. This is similar to how pediatricians take care of children’s bodies. Our dentists know the ins-and-outs of a child’s developing mouth. This includes the growth of the jaw, baby teeth, and other dental issues that can arise when children grow. We work to provide great care and help your child have an enjoyable and fun time when they visit the dentist. We want to be able to serve people from the time they are young, all the way until they are an adult.

 

Some of the most common types of issues we are looking for when helping kids are cavities, and tooth decay. Even young children often consume a large number of sugary drinks and foods, and often don’t have as good oral care habits as adults. This then leads to getting cavities. If cavities go untreated then this could cause serious issues. Thumb sucking can also cause multiple dental issues and is something that your dentist will be watching for. Children also run a high chance of falling and damaging their teeth.

 

We often see people saying things like “Well I don’t need to take my child to the dentist since they just have baby teeth”. This isn’t true! Baby teeth are important, since not only could poor teeth cause your child pain, but also baby teeth help adult teeth grow in straight. Taking care of your teeth across all ages is important, and we can help achieve this!

 

Instilling good oral health habits for children is the responsibility of parents. This includes teaching your child to brush their teeth each day and visiting the dentist regularly. Many kids develop a fear of the dentist because the parents either don’t go to the dentist or they don’t like going. Lead by example and help your child take care of their teeth. East Center Dental does the best job possible at helping families keep their oral health as good as can be! We want to build trust with each and every one of our patients.