As an adult, you probably know how often you should be scheduling appointments with your dentist, but if you have a baby, you're likely looking for more information about when you should start taking them for check-ups too?
There are concerns that many people are postponing and delaying both routine dental appointments and necessary treatments because they have concerns about the safety of visiting their dentist. However, dental offices are in general one of the most sterile environments, and with even more stringent safety protocols in place, there has never been a better time to go to the dentist and take your children to the dentist.
Studies suggest that around a third of children miss school because of oral health problems, but their absence could be prevented with proper dental care. With so many children having missed some of their education this last year, it is essential that parents do everything that they can to minimize school absences, and you can do this by ensuring that your child’s teeth are in the best possible condition before they return for the new school year.
Accidents and injuries are a normal part of childhood. From learning to walk and navigating stairs to playing sports, there are many ways in which your child could experience a trauma that affects their mouth and teeth. The severity of the damage to your child’s tooth will largely dictate whether or not they experience any symptoms of their injury, how significant these symptoms are likely to be, and what treatment your pediatric dentist will recommend to repair the baby tooth so that it can continue to be used until it naturally falls out.
At the very center of the tooth, lies the pulp. Unfortunately, it is possible to develop problems with the pulp. One of the most common issues is an infection that can occur when the tooth is severely damaged by trauma or decay. When this happens to a baby tooth, they may be referred for a procedure called a pulpectomy.
The root canal is one dental procedure that has a particularly bad reputation, but the truth is that many people aren’t even really sure what a root canal is or what to expect from the procedure. Root canals are needed when the nerve inside of a tooth has been damaged or has become infected, which is a problem that can affect kids as well as adults. If these issues occur, a root canal is the only effective treatment that can save teeth that would otherwise require extraction.
Taking your children to the dentist regularly is a vital and important parental responsibility. Not only will this ensure that your child has clean, healthy teeth, it will also instill excellent oral hygiene habits. Early frequent dental check-ups can also help kids to benefit from far better dental health as adults. However, from the perspective of a child, a dental appointment can be pretty frightening. Some children even go on to develop a very real fear of the dentist that can make it difficult to get them to receive even a basic dental exam.
Have you noticed that your child is especially stressed out about coming to the dentist? Know that this is an incredibly common reaction that usually subsides over time. Anxiety associated with going to the dentist is all too common among both adult and pediatric patients. Combatting this fear at a younger age may help your child overcome it and have a better outlook on dentistry. However, for the children who may need a little extra care, we offer pediatric IV sedation.