CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY, WHEN IS IT THE RIGHT TIME?

CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY, WHEN IS IT THE RIGHT TIME?

Most parent’s wonder when it is the right time to take their child to the dentist. In articles written by the Canadian Dental Association referring to the dentistry for children, have recommended that the first visit should be by one year or six months after the first tooth appears but definitely no later than when the child is two and a half years of age.

By the time a child is two years old, tooth decay could have already progressed rapidly within their mouth and so the earlier you take them to a dentist, the quicker it is to pick up any problems and rectify the damage should there be signs of such.

Another common occurrence in children is dental fluorosis. What is this you might ask? This is when white specks or spots begin to appear on your child’s teeth and is commonly caused by the child ingesting to much fluoride from eating or swallowing toothpaste when brushing their teeth. Recent studies in Canada have shown an increase in the occurrence of such and because it starts off mild and barely visible, it could lead to the point where it will be needed to be treated by a dentist. Make sure that when you brush your child’s teeth, you teach them to spit out as much of the toothpaste as possible or even purchase one that has a low fluoride percentage in it. Normally, from the ages of three to four years, they are able to rinse and spit without swallowing the toothpaste and this would be a better time to introduce the fluoridated toothpaste.

Cavities are probably the most common problem that children face. So to help them prevent cavities, it is a good idea to develop a healthy diet and adopt a good oral hygiene routine from a young age. If you are worried as a parent that your child may be at risk of developing cavities, dentists may recommend a sealant for the teeth. They will usually not apply a sealant to the primary teeth as these will fall out. Should your child have a cavity already, it is best that you treat it early in their life and visit the dentist who will then insert either a metal filling or a more common one of silicone. Silicone is the more favourable one as it blends in with the teeth of the child. Once a child’s permanent teeth come out, it may be wise to have the dental sealants applied. These are thin, tooth colored coatings that are applied to the area of the tooth where a child chews, normally the back teeth to prevent decay. These are the teeth that prove a bit more challenging to children and young adults to clean. Dentistry in children is a very important stage as the choices you make in their early years will affect greatly their older years. It is recommended that you take your child for sealants once the first molars usually appear which is around six years old.

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