You want the best for your child, but you may have received mixed messages about what kind of dental care kids require and how important it is. Rather than listening to other parents who may be misinformed on this subject, why not learn straight from respected dentists? In this blog, the team of professionals at La Jolla Family Smile Design discuss the kind of care they provide to children and why it is important to visit the dentist even at a young age.
Why Taking Care of Baby Teeth Matters
Baby teeth may not be permanent, but they can cause lasting harm if they are not taken care of. They are not immune to cavities, infection, and even falling out prematurely. While it’s true that a new, adult tooth should replace it eventually, untreated cavities and infection can contribute to misalignment of your child’s adult teeth later. Tooth decay can be painful and affect the way your child eats and speaks.
Moreover, there is no restart on your child’s periodontal health. The gums he or she has at birth are there forever, and without proper dental care, kids can develop gum disease early. Professional cleanings are necessary to eliminate plaque and bacteria from hard-to-reach areas.
Beyond that, it is important to instill proper hygiene habits in your child from a young age. Kids who brush, floss, and regularly visit a dentist are more likely to continue those activities throughout their adulthood.
Services We Offer to Children
Our pediatric patients receive most of the same care an adult would, including cleanings, examinations, and digital X-rays. Fluoride treatments are recommended for most kids to help keep their teeth strong. We also put dental sealants on baby molars to help prevent cavities since these new teeth have jagged surfaces and are especially susceptible to cavities/decay.
La Jolla Family Smile Design’s Difference for Kids
At La Jolla Family Smile Design, our whole team is sensitive to the idea that many children have fears about visiting a dentist. We go above and beyond to provide a calm, friendly atmosphere where your child can feel comfortable. Ideally, this makes visiting the dentist an unscary situation now and in the future.
To see for yourself why so many families (parents and children alike) choose our office for superior care, please contact us online or call (858) 454-3044 to make an appointment. We are excited to start your child on a lifetime of strong oral health!