Oral healthcare is as essential for children as it is for adults. Every one in 20 children between the ages 5 to 11 has at least one untreated decayed tooth.
Pediatric dentistry is all about tiny teeth. We deal with children’s oral healthcare from infancy through adolescence. Although we are experts in managing dental emergencies, we hope that you will help us establish a relationship with your child before that time. Establishing a strong relationship with a pediatric dentist ensures a positive experience for both kids and parents. Early and regular dental visits help kids learn to enjoy coming to the dentist - and help prevent future decay and pain. We are setting them up for good oral health for life!
You may have some misconceptions about pediatric dentistry.. Here, we debunk five popular myths about pediatric dental healthcare to help you differentiate fact from fiction.
Many parents think tooth decay and cavities aren’t that important in children because baby teeth fall out.
Not paying attention to children’s dental care can cause lifelong issues. Cavities and tooth decay in primary teeth can negatively affect the health of permanent teeth. Cavities and gum diseases in both primary and permanent teeth can cause severe pain and interfere with eating, speaking, and drinking.
Some parents wrongfully decide that infants don’t need to visit a pediatric dentist. They make the first appointments with a dentist after the kids lose primary teeth or get a cavity in a permanent tooth.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that all infants see a pediatric dentist before turning one. We offer free consults for all children under the age of two. In these appointments, the pediatric dentist cleans the teeth and looks for any developing cavities or problems. Dr. Chaffee will also answer any questions you have about nutrition, nursing or toothbrushing.
Parents often overlook children’s oral healthcare. They also don’t teach them to floss early in life because of the misconception that it increases space between the teeth.
Kids of all ages, even with the primary teeth, should regularly brush their teeth. Flossing is also necessary as cavities, plaque, and tartar develop in people of all ages. Developing good oral habits from a young age helps protect baby and adult teeth.
Regular soda and fruit juices can cause tooth decay in people of every age. Diet soda drinks are popular among people trying to lose weight. Parents sometimes consider diet drinks to be healthy for children.
Sugar-filled drinks such as canned juices and soda breed cavity, but so do diet drinks. According to a 2013 study, diet drinks erode enamel faster than regular soda drinks. Make your children drink water when they are thirsty instead of sugar-free or diet sodas/juices. Water doesn’t just help in hydration, but the fluoride in tap water also prevents dental decay.
Most parents don't worry about cavities in milk teeth because they think it’s unavoidable.
Cavities are preventable at every age. Daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to the dentist, can help your child have a healthy smile for life. The ADA recommends visiting a pediatric dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning to prevent tooth decay and cavities.
A children’s dentist in Mesa, AZ, Dr. Lafe Chaffee, has been practicing since 2011. At Chaffee Pediatric Dentistry, he provides several dental services for children of all ages, including cleanings, fillings, extractions, and laser treatments. You can call us at 480.739.2993 or drop an email at [email protected] to know more.