While many individuals don’t realize it, oral issues can start at a very young age. Nearly 40 percent of children ages two to three have a type of mild inflammation in their gums. Tooth decay, which is commonly caused by a child sleeping with their bottle, is a major problem among children. Another large concern is gum disease. Other behaviors like digit sucking and grinding teeth should also be monitored because they can impact the way your children’s permanent teeth develop and surface. These habits can cause their adult teeth to come in crooked and lead to other oral issues over time. As San Mateo Pediatric Dentists, our team urges you to bring your child in as soon as possible so we can get a jump start on developing good oral hygiene.
Should baby teeth be treated the same as adult teeth?
Children’s baby teeth assist them in chewing, eating, and speaking properly. If they lose a baby tooth too soon, their permanent teeth may not surface correctly and come in crooked. When your teeth are misaligned, they don’t always function as they should. This can lead to costly corrective dental procedures in the future. Strong and healthy baby teeth develop into strong and healthy adult teeth. It is important to schedule regular dental visits for your child because oral issues, such as tooth decay, can spread from your primary teeth to your permanent ones. Many individuals don’t come in until ages 10 to 14 and you want to give them a healthy environment to properly develop.
Should I prepare my child for their first visit?
This is a question we receive very often. Perhaps many of us recall the dentist office as a “scary” place as a child. This is not the case for Dr. Sachdev. He and his team do everything in their power to ensure your children feel comfortable from the moment they walk in the door. We suggest reading your children books about the dentist so they can become somewhat familiar with the idea of the dentist. They may even develop an interest in the dentist and look forward to their appointment.
Do children need preventative care?
We provide a variety of preventative care treatment options for children. Dental sealants are a common preventative treatment for children, especially those who are already prone to cavities. We apply the dental sealants to the back of your children’s teeth where they chew to prevent food getting stuck and eventually causing tooth decay and cavities. Dental sealants are just one of the many preventative treatment services we offer.
To receive more information about our other preventative services, call us today at (831) 724-6000. Dr. Sachdev and his team has been protecting children against painful and costly dental issues for over two decades. When you are looking for an experience you can trust, choose Dr. Sachdev every time.
In need of immediate care?
We provide emergency phone consultation services after working hours and on weekends. Call us at our office (831) 724-6000