The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) believes that children should make their first visit to the dentist by their first birthday. This visit will be friendly, encouraging children to have positive feelings about going to the dentist and encouraging future dental health. Taking care of the baby (or primary) teeth is important to the normal development of the permanent teeth. The primary teeth also affect speech development and appearance. Six- or seven-year-olds lose their front teeth, but retain their back teeth until they are young teens.
While tooth decay is the most common disease children have, cavities are not the most significant oral health problem of children. The U.S. Public Health Service reports that over half of all American children are affected by dental and oral disease. Tooth decay and infections affect a child’s overall health, causing pain and, eventually, much higher costs for necessary treatment. Children’s education is also affected. Children with untreated dental problems and tooth pain not only miss many school days but are four times more likely to have a grade point average lower than the other children.
Good oral health habits start young. Babies’ teeth can be cleaned with a soft, clean cloth or a baby toothbrush. Putting the baby to bed with a bottle encourages future tooth decay so should be avoided. When the child is two (or sooner if the doctor or dentist recommends it), the child can start brushing their teeth with a pea-sized piece of fluoride toothpaste. Encourage children to drink water rather than sodas or other sweetened drinks. Regular dental check-ups will help prevent future lengthy and expensive treatment.
Jason T Bolding DDS has made it his mission to treat all of his patients with respect and compassion, basing his practice upon Christian principles. In accordance with his core values, Dr. Bolding and his team take many continuing education courses to ensure that they remain current with all of the latest dental techniques and technology. Dr. Bolding and his team are committed to delivering only high-quality, professional dental care. He graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry, opening his private practice in 1997. In his free time, Dr. Bolding enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. Any parent who is searching for an experienced, skilled Children Dentist Searcy should contact his office for an appointment.
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