Keeping your child’s teeth healthy is extremely vital while they are young. Tooth decay and gum disease no only restrict speech development., but they can also make it more difficult for the child to eat healthy food. Unhealthy teeth lessen a child’s self-confidence and will have a lasting effect not only on oral health in childhood, but on mental health in adulthood. This, in turn, puts overall physical and mental health at risk. Keep in mind that dental pain can also impact school performance. For all of these reasons, we always stress the fact that maintaining dental health in childhood is essential for health and happiness.
The Health Benefits Continue Into Adulthood
When your child moves into adulthood, a healthy mouth should still be a top priority. You may be surprised that inadequate oral hygiene increases the risk of numerous diseases:
- Heart Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Kidney Cancer
- Blood Cancers
- Lung Cancer
At Pediatric Dental Center, we help children and adolescents maintain healthy teeth and gums. We also detect problems in the early stages when they are easier and less expensive to correct. At our practice, our team prioritizes oral health in childhood because we understand the lasting effects it will have on your kids.
Lifelong Oral Health Starts Early
Toddlers should see a pediatric dentist when their first tooth breaks through. This is much earlier than many moms and dads realize. Put dental appointments on your to-do list along with well-child check-ups and immunizations. You might think you know the basics of daily dental hygiene for children, but it is wise to get a refresher course from one of our expert, child-friendly hygienists. We can also review sealants, bite issues, fluoride supplements, thumb sucking, and orthodontia. Come to our office and let us focus on improving oral health in childhood. We look forward to meeting you and your child.