We LOVE our Little Patients!! When you have small kiddos, like we do, it can be overwhelming to make sure you’re doing “all the things” to keep these tiny humans happy and healthy! To take some of the guess work out of this subject, we’re going to focus this blog on some questions about dental health for kids that we, as both dental professionals AND parents, can answer.
Educating families about dental health for kids is important to us. We see it as a great opportunity to promote the benefits of children’s oral health and hygiene. Developing healthy dental habits at an early age, including brushing and scheduling regular dental visits, helps children get a good start at having a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
We want all of our patients to have healthy and beautiful smiles and we love to help educate families about their dental health, so let’s get started!
A. It’s important to help children develop healthy habits to care for their teeth while they’re young. These habits can set the stage for good oral health and hygiene throughout their entire lifetime. As a bonus, they can avoid many of the problems that result from poor oral health, including gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay.
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A. The cause of poor oral hygiene is usually the patient’s failure to maintain good oral hygiene habits, such as regular brushing and flossing to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. Some foods (sugars and acidic foods) and habits (such as smoking) can also result in poor oral hygiene and dental diseases.
A. The Number ONE childhood disease is Tooth Decay. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease.
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A. Approximately 42% of children ages 2 to 11 have had cavities (also referred to as dental caries) in their primary or baby teeth. Tooth decay, at any age, is caused by bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria make a sticky substance called plaque that can eat away at a tooth’s enamel. Poor oral hygiene can raise your child’s risk for tooth decay. Dr. Caye can diagnose tooth decay with an exam and X-rays.
A. Here are 3 simple suggestions to keep cavities away:
A. Your child’s teeth are still developing, so they are softer than an adult’s teeth. This makes little teeth more vulnerable to cavities. Until your child’s teeth are fully developed, in late teenage years, here are a few tips to help prevent cavities:
A. Dr. Caye can remove decayed parts of the tooth and perform either a dental filling or a dental crown to fill holes in the tooth.
Sealants are clear or shaded plastic material applied to the teeth to keep them cavity-free. Sealants fill in the pitted and grooved surfaces of the teeth, which are hard to clean, and keep food particles out of these areas where they could get caught, causing cavities. Applying sealants is a relatively inexpensive procedure – especially when compared to the cost of treating cavities and other issues that affect dental health for kids.
A. Proper dental health for kids requires regular visits to the dentist to keep their teeth and mouth healthy. If children have regular dental visits, Dr. Caye and his dental team at Premier Dental can take care of their teeth and find oral health problems early. Having regular dental visits also teaches kiddos to value good oral health and hygiene.
A. During a dental exam:
A. Here are some tips to prep your kiddo for their first trip to the dentist:
A. There is a number of conditions or diseases that share a link with poor oral health, including:
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As you can see, education focused on dental health for kids is important to us and Dr. Caye and his caring team of dental professionals work hard to make every dental appointment an enjoyable experience. We want all of our patients to feel comfortable visiting our office and confident that our team will help guide and support you & your family through a lifetime of beautiful, healthy smiles. We look forward to providing excellent dental health for kids of ALL ages!
Dr. Stephan Caye and his friendly, experienced team at Premier Dental offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Our office is conveniently located off of Highway 50 and SE Blue Parkway. We offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Premier Dental, we provide most dental health services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal therapy, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dental care and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Please call us at (816) 600-6330 to schedule an appointment.