Dentistry for Kids
Parents find it heartbreaking when the smile of their little ones is robbed due to tooth decay, bite misalignment, gum disease, or even pain and discomfort. At Michelle Hedgecock, DDS, we understand the care that children need is different from what adults need. During the early years of a child, oral health is very important because it helps determine their future smile and bite functionality. Our dentist makes dental visits for children to be as comfortable as possible, ensuring that they continue embracing and enjoying their visits to our office. Teeth in growing children are very important since they determine the shape of their face. However, oftentimes, these teeth are overlooked.
Why Dentistry for Kids is Important
Tooth decay is considered the most persistent ailment among children between the ages of six to 11 in the United States. This is quite ironic when you consider the fact that tooth decay is not contagious. One of the reasons why children struggle with tooth decay is because they love eating sugary foods. From candies to sodas to energy drinks and processed foods, all of these tend to take their toll on the teeth and gums of children.
Sugar, as a leading cause of decay and other oral problems in children, should be avoided. However, it is difficult to keep kids away from these foods and drinks that are damaging to their teeth and gums. Keeping up with dentistry for kids ensures that the health of the gums and teeth are monitored closely to catch any issues that could be cropping up like cavities and tooth decay or gum disease and bad breath.
What to Expect from Dentistry for Kids
Once you bring your little ones to our dental office, we evaluate their overall oral health. We examine their hygiene habits and the risk of having tooth decay. If necessary, during the dental exam, we may perform a professional cleaning. We look at the bite and evaluate the levels of fluoride. If a child has an issue of bite misalignment, we advise on the right time to start treating their teeth with orthodontia to help shift them back to the right positions.
More often than not, some bite misalignment issues are able to resolve on their own without having to wear braces or aligners. This happens perhaps through making small changes in habits, for example, preventing thumb sucking. Moreover, during dental visits, we educate you as well as your child on how to properly brush and floss. This way, the child is able to eliminate plaque buildup from the mouth hence preventing tooth decay. We may also take an x-ray of the mouth to evaluate the teeth and supporting bones and determine if there may be any other procedures needed.
Additionally, we may ask if the child is taking any medication which could increase the risk of having periodontal disease. For instance, some medications are known to cause dry mouth, which makes it difficult for the mouth to naturally wash away bacteria. As a result, the child may suffer from tooth decay.
Visit us today at Michelle Hedgecock, DDS to have your child examined for dental issues. Kindly reach us via phone at (512) 617-3361 to book your child’s next appointment.