We know many parents think that primary teeth aren’t important because they will eventually fall out anyway. However, keeping baby teeth healthy and preventing potential problems is essential for long-term oral health.
Baby teeth play an important role in the development of adult teeth, and certain health problems and habits can interfere with proper development. Visiting the dentist regularly allows your child to have regular checkups and cleanings, prevents cavities or tooth decay from forming, and helps identify issues early on when they can be more easily corrected.
Our dentists at Dental Health Center are trained to provide care and address the dental health needs of children from infancy through their teenage years and beyond. In addition to having advanced training and expertise in pediatric dentistry, our dentists are very gentle and can provide a positive atmosphere to make treatments easier on kids.
Common Oral Health Problems in ChildrenTooth Decay
Tooth decay is a prevalent dental problem in children. It occurs when bacteria in the mouth produce acids that erode tooth enamel, forming cavities. Poor oral hygiene, frequent snacking on sugary foods, and inadequate fluoride exposure can contribute to tooth decay.Gum Disease
Gum disease is another common issue diagnosed in children and teenagers. If you notice that your child has red, swollen, tender gums, this may be a sign of gum disease.
Gum disease is caused by tartar build-up on teeth. Tartar is plaque that has hardened over time on the teeth and along the gum line. Removing tartar buildup can stop the progression of gum disease, as well as prevent further damage from occurring.
Malocclusion refers to improper alignment or positioning of the teeth, resulting in issues like misaligned teeth, overcrowding, or bite problems. Malocclusion can affect a child's appearance, speech, and ability to chew properly. Orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct malocclusion.Thumb Sucking and Pacifier Use
Prolonged thumb sucking or pacifier use can lead to dental problems in children, such as open bites, misalignment, or narrowing of the upper jaw. Our dentists can provide guidance on how to address and break these habits to prevent future dental issues.
When Should My Child First Visit the Dentist?
We recommend that your child has their first dentist appointment before their first birthday or when their first tooth erupts. This will allow us to evaluate their oral health and ensure that everything is developing correctly.
By taking care of potential problems as soon as possible, we can prevent more severe issues from occurring in the future. We will also ensure that your child receives proper care at home to help keep their teeth healthy.
We recommend taking your little one to see the dentist every six months. These appointments will allow us to monitor any changes in their mouth and provide preventive treatments such as fluoride and sealants.
Visit Dental Health Center at 56 Professional Plaza, Rexburg, ID 83440, or call (208) 356-9262 for more information about the services we offer to enhance children’s oral health and well-being.