As a parent, you are responsible to care for your child’s teeth. You must teach your children how to brush their teeth properly & then check to see that they are doing it. You may also have to brush their teeth for them. Your child should have their first pediatric dental consultation around the age of two. Then routine dental exams & cleanings should occur every 6 months. Pediatric dentists spend an additional two to three years after their general dental training specializing in the growth & development of children. They have learned how to restore pediatric decay using advanced pediatric behavioral management. They learn some orthodontic techniques as well. It is important to care for your child’s primary teeth to prevent dental decay. Untreated dental decay can lead to severe health consequences, pain, &, in rare instances, death. Primary teeth are important for chewing food properly & speaking properly. They hold the space for the developing permanent teeth & help guide the eruption path of the secondary teeth. If primary teeth are lost prematurely, then a holding appliance is frequently required.
Carrol Fenn, DDS