Regular visits to the dentist are an excellent way to ensure that your child's teeth remain strong and healthy throughout his or her life. Roanake, VA, dentists--Dr. Richard D. Smith II, Dr., Karen L. Hutchison, Dr. Andrew D. Levine, Dr. Robert J. Banks and Dr. Wesley B. Haddix--explain the value of visits to a pediatric dentist.
Tooth decay can start early
You're never too young for tooth decay. Decay occurs when plaque combines with the sugars in foods and beverages (such as milk) to create acids that destroy tooth enamel. Brushing and flossing removes plaque, but it's not always easy to remove every bit of it from the nooks and crannies of your child's teeth. if you take your child to the pediatric dentist regularly, he or she can detect and treat cavities when they are still small. When tooth decay is treated in the early stages, your child will only need a small filling.
It's important to keep primary teeth in good condition because these teeth act as placeholders for your child's permanent teeth. If a tooth is lost to tooth decay, the surrounding teeth may drift into the opening, which will make it more difficult for the permanent tooth to descend.
Your Roanake dentist will help your child learn good oral hygiene
During visits to the dentist, the dental team will explain the proper way to brush and floss, reinforcing the lessons you've taught your child. They can also offer a few suggestions to make teeth brushing a more positive experience if you have a reluctant brusher or flosser.
Early visits help dental visits become routine
When visiting the dentist every six months becomes routine, your child may be more likely to schedule regular dental visits as an adult. Regular visits also help him or her get used to the idea of sitting in the chair while the dentist examines his or her mouth. If treatment is eventually needed, your child may be more receptive and willing to cooperate with the dentist's instructions.
Problems can be spotted early
During visits, your dentist can diagnose common problems, such as enamel defects, missing teeth or orthodontic issues, and develop a treatment plan to address them. The earlier treatment begins, the better the outcome.
Is it time for your child's next visit to the pediatric dentist? Call Roanake, VA, dentists--Dr. Richard D. Smith II, Dr., Karen L. Hutchison, Dr. Andrew D. Levine, Dr. Robert J. Banks and Dr. Wesley B. Haddix--at (540) 769-5020 and schedule an appointment. Protect your child's smile with regular dental visits!