As parents, we do the very best we can to keep our children healthy. From annual well-visits with their pediatricians to making sure they get the right amount of nutrients and exercise every day, the list for ‘staying healthy’ can become pretty lengthy. At the top of that list, however, should be your child’s dental health.
Healthcare professionals recommend a visit to the dentist at least twice every year, and that goes for your children as well. At Central Park Modern Dentistry, we encourage parents to bring their children in for their first dental visit around age one. This may seem young, but establishing care with a dentist early on helps your child develop positive feelings about the dentist and be educated about the best dental health practices as they grow and age into adulthood.
Your Child and Their Teeth
It can be stressful as a parent to watch your child feel dental discomfort. What may seem unique to your child is most likely common and can be treated easily at a dental clinic. Here are some common issues your child may experience and some procedures used almost every day in our office.
- Tooth Loss. Losing baby teeth is normal and usually does not require dental intervention. However, if your child is losing teeth frequently, or too early (before age 5), we encourage you to visit us for a consult. Your child may need a space maintainer to ensure their adult teeth grow in straight.
- Cavities. Almost every person in the country will have at least one cavity in their lifetime. Many times, the first cavity will be experienced in childhood. Cavities are incredibly common, and even more commonly treated with fillings. With the latest dental advancements, we can fill your child’s cavities quickly and with little pain. In addition, the dentist will recommend fluoride treatment during each routine visit to help protect your child’s teeth against future cavities.
- Crowded or Crooked Teeth. As your child gets older, they may experience crowding, overbite, underbite, crossbite, or crooked teeth. A dentist may recommend braces to correct the issue. Just how common are braces? Over 80% of teens have braces before the age of 19. With new technology, there are options – such as Invisalign and clear braces – that allow your teen to straighten their teeth as discreetly as possible.
Whatever It Is, We Have Treated It
If you have questions about your child’s teeth, please schedule an appointment at Central Park Modern Dentistry. We have treated a variety of dental issues in children and are proud to offer a comfortable and relaxing environment for kids. New patient? We offer a first exam, set of x-rays, and cleaning for just $59!