A Reason for Your Child to See the Dentist: 12 Million American Kids Have Untreated Decay
A new study showed that 12 million children lived with untreated caries (cavities) during the years of 2010 through 2014. This came to light even with advances such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). It seems we still have a lot of work to do in the field of children's oral health, as dental caries still remains one of the top children's health concerns, even greater than asthma. So what can you do to protect your child?
Consistent Visits to Your Dentist
Did you know that children need to visit the dentist every six months just like adults? This allows your dentist to diagnose issues such as tooth decay or cavities early on when a filling will restore their teeth. It also helps your dentist monitor their oral development.
Many parents wonder why it's so important to care for baby teeth that will be falling out in a few years. It is because these small teeth have an important job as placeholders and guides for adult teeth that will be coming in down the road.
Excellent Home Care
It is essential for you as a parent to help your child establish a consistent home care routine. Teach them the proper techniques for brushing and flossing when they're little, so they can develop good habits for the future.
You can set an example for your child by letting them watch you brush your teeth and bringing them along to your dentist appointments when they're small so they can look forward to their own dental visits without fear.
If you're looking for pediatric dentistry in Maryland Heights, MO, look no further than the office of Dr. Kevin Burgdorf. We love to take care of children and recommend that they come for their first visit around age one. Give us a call today if it's time to schedule your child's next visit.