Helping Maintain the Health of Your Child's Smile
When it comes to dental problems, young children are one of the most at-risk groups, largely because they don’t fully understand the importance of keeping their teeth clean. Accordingly, as a diligent and attentive parent, it's incredibly important to help ensure that your child’s smile stays healthy now and into the future. Get help and advice from a dentist here at Pearlfection Dentistry in both Frederick and Urbana, MD.
Importance of Your Child’s Smile Health
As a child, you may have had frequent visits to the dentist to check for and fill cavities. The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that over 15 percent of children ages five to 19 could have untreated cavities. Without treatment, tooh decay can quickly lead to tooth loss—especially in young teeth that haven’t fully developed yet.
Common Childhood Dental Issues
The most pressing dental problem that dentists look for in children in tooth decay. After all, this age group tends to consume more sugar than adults and doesn't often have the best dental hygiene habits. Orthodontic problems are also common in children, and this can have an effect on chewing and speaking abilities. Younger and older teens can also have issues with early-onset periodontitis (gum disease), which sometimes runs in families. Aggressive treatment is required to avoid long-term dental and gum tissue problems.
Tips for Maintaining Your Child’s Healthy Smile
When trying to encourage your child to adopt good dental hygiene habits, consider that you are their main role model—show your child the importance of brushing, flossing, and eating healthier snacks by doing so yourself. Additionally, our offices in Frederick and Urbana, MD, offer the following treatments to boost your child's oral health:
- Dental sealants
- Fluoride treatments
- Regular dental cleanings
- Braces and space maintainers
- Tooth-colored cavity fillings
A Skilled Team of Dentists at Your Service
Get help maintaining the health of your child’s smile by calling PearlFection Dentistry at (301) 831-8303 for the Urbana office, or (301) 663-5550 for the Frederick location. Our general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, oral surgeons Dr. Brian Chang and Dr. Leo Perez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani, pediatric dentist Dr. Leslie Oakes, and endodontist Dr. Patik Patel are all here to help your child stay in top health.