The health of your child’s baby teeth can affect your child’s adult teeth in the future.
It is hard enough to get kids to brush their teeth on a regular basis, let alone sit for a dentist visit. That being said, it is essential that you bring your children to have regular dental check-ups with us at our office.
There are plenty of reasons for this and many of them may not be completely obvious. Rotting gums, tooth decay and bad dental hygiene at an early age can affect the formation and health of adult teeth, which will lead to more work on your teeth then necessary.
Regular dental visits for your child will help reduce anxieties about our dentist, reduce the likelihood your child will need excessive dental work in their future and increase the ease of losing baby teeth.
Treatments in Children’s Dentistry
There are a few different treatments that your child may have to undergo when they are visiting the dentist. Though your child may not need all the treatments that are offered, a few may be necessary.
Cleaning – The first and most common, of course, is cleaning. This means removing any dirt, tartar or plaque that may have built up since the last visit. Fortunately, most insurances cover two cleanings a year.
X-Rays – The second most common treatment is x-rays. These can help detect issues with adult teeth and with bones early on so that they can be addressed before too much damage is caused.
Fillings – Another common treatment at our dental office is fillings. This procedure requires a small hole that is drilled in the tooth to remove the decay. The hole is then filled with porcelain or metal to keep it clean and sealed off from further decay.
Pulling Teeth – Pulling teeth is also another common treatment. This, thankfully, is less common and will most likely only occur if a baby tooth is damaged or if there is an issue with the new tooth growing in under it. Our dentists can resort to funny voices, funny stories and even toys to help take children’s minds off what is being done.