Creating a lifelong habit of good oral health starts in childhood with regular dental cleanings and check-ups. For children, we recommend bi-annual dental check-up appointments. In a check-up appointment, Dr. Huh, Dr. Shin, or Dr. Othman cleans the teeth of plaque buildup and makes sure nothing is hindering the development of the jaw.
Cavities and minor tooth damage are common issues for children. Kids need to have regular dental check-ups to catch and fill cavities while there is still a tooth to save. Likewise, you should address damage to teeth as soon as it occurs to avoid dental health complications down the road.
A family dentist will periodically perform x-rays or radiographs of a patient’s mouth to ensure the oral anatomy is developing correctly. The dentist uses these tools, such as x-rays or radiographs, to detect any problems in the jaw and teeth.
After a child’s first birthday, they should go for their first dentist appointment. This appointment doesn’t take very long, but it is crucial to ensure that the early stages of development are without complications. There usually is very little treatment involved in a child’s first visit to the dentist. The dentist might ask you to sit in the dental chair with your baby and hold them upright during the examination. Gently, the dentist examines the child’s teeth and gums and possibly takes x-rays to ensure there are no looming complications. Before you leave, the dentist reviews with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
We recommend preparing your child for their first visit to the dentist to make sure they have a great first experience. No matter your child’s age, you can set their anxieties at ease with some simple techniques to prepare for their visit. Read a book with your child about going to the dentist, talk to them about what to expect, and tell them about good experiences you have had at the dentist. You can even take them for a tour of our office before the day of the procedure.
The family dentistry team at Huh Dental Wellness is committed to preventative care. Children’s teeth are prone to cavities and decay. To prevent decay and ensure a strong foundation of good oral health, we often recommend bonding a dental sealant to children’s back teeth.
Cavities often occur because there is too much sugar in a person’s diet and a lack of brushing. The longer food sits on the teeth, the higher the chance that cavities will form. Cavities come from acid-producing bacteria that create holes in the tooth’s surface over time.
A person’s saliva becomes thicker when they eat a high-sugar and carbohydrate diet. It is difficult for thick saliva to wash away the cavity-causing bacteria inside the mouth. So, one way to help prevent cavities is to provide your child with a low-sugar diet that enables the production of thin saliva.
To prevent cavities in your child’s teeth and promote a lifelong habit of good oral health…