Many parents think that baby teeth are not important because the child will eventually lose them. However, regular dental visits are very important even for small children. Most dentists agree that children should start seeing the dentist at the age of one. In the past, experts stated that children did not need to see the dentist until the age of three. However, this can increase the risk of cavities.
Once your child reaches the age of five, he or she may receive the following dental treatments dental cleanings, fluoride treatments and dental sealants. Dental cleanings help remove the plaque that builds up around the teeth. Keep in mind that if plaque is not removed, then it can turn into tartar. Plaque buildup can also lead to cavities. It is estimated that 42 percent of children between the ages of two and 11 have cavities. Two percent of children have untreated cavities.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps harden the enamel. It also helps protect against cavities. Fluoride helps protect your teeth from cavities by making it more resistant to acid attacks from the sugar and bacteria inside of the mouth. Additionally, fluoride helps re-mineralize the teeth. Fluoride treatments are typically recommended for children ages six months to 16 years old because these are the times when the permanent teeth erupt.
Dental sealants are often recommended for children who are between the ages of six and 14. Sealants help protect the permanent and premolars from cavities. In some cases, children may need to get dental sealants on their baby teeth.
Early dental care will not only protect a child’s teeth, but it can also help save parents money. Treating cavities and gum disease can be quite expensive even with dental insurance. That is why regular trips to the dentist are well worth the time and money. Ready for your child to see the dentist for the first time? Contact Robert Brei, DDS, your trusted Tucson dentist today.