When a baby gets their first set of little teeth, parents will help them brush them but ultimately, they don’t feel like it’s a big deal to take care of them. Why? Because they know that their baby teeth are going to fall out eventually. Well, for parents who have that theory about baby teeth, you couldn’t be further from the truth.
From the moment a child gets their first set of teeth, their dental health from that point on has a huge impact on how well their dental health will be as they grow older. As a parent, you want to instill in your children good oral hygiene habits at a young age so that when they get older, taking good care of their teeth won’t become such a chore to them.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, cavities are one of the biggest and most common dental issues found in children. Children are five times more likely to have cavities than asthma and more than half of children of six to eight years old have cavities. Because children are needing to get their dental issues fixed, it’s causing them to miss hours of school time to go to the dentist.
The only way to prevent such dental issues from happening is to educate them on good oral hygiene and stay consistent with dentist appointments. Let’s take a look at some of the most common dental procedures for kids that will help them achieve and maintain good oral hygiene.
Teeth Cleanings and Examinations
Unless your child is coming in for an actual procedure, cleanings and examinations are all part of preventive care treatments. Preventive care treatments typically include teeth cleanings to remove plaque and tartar and examinations to check for dental diseases. It’s during these preventive treatment visits where dentists typically educate their little patients on the importance of brushing and flossing as well as the proper way to brush and floss.
The American Academy of Pediatrics highly recommends that parents bring their child into the dentist when they get their first tooth or at least when they turn one year old. After that first visit, they recommend bringing your child in every six months to prevent cavities and any other types of dental issues.
As mentioned earlier, more than half of children between the ages of six and eight years of age (56% to be exact), have cavities. Cavities are holes in the tooth that need to be filled in order to prevent tooth decay. Can you guess what one of the biggest causes of cavities are? If you guessed sugar, then you are absolutely correct. Well, a combination of eating sugary foods and not brushing after.
Kids consume so much sugar on a daily basis, and it’s in foods that you may not even realize. There are lots of sugar alternatives you can incorporate into their diets that still give you the sweet flavor you need but is not as harsh on your teeth and other areas of your health.
Braces are one of the most common and actually one of the most popular dental procedures for kids these days. It’s so funny because there was a point in time where wearing braces was so embarrassing for kids. Kids would get teased and called names like “brace face” and “metal mouth”… kids can be pretty mean, obviously, but those names were used towards kids who had metal braces.
Today, metal braces are all the rage. The thing about them that kids love the most is being able to switch the colors of the rubber bands. But one of the latest innovations in teeth straightening techniques is the invention of Invisalign braces.
Invisalign braces are a popular option among teenagers because they straighten teeth without the appearance of actually wearing braces. One of the biggest concerns parents have about Invisalign is how much it costs. Well, there’s no definite answer to that question because the price depends on a few different factors. The biggest determining factor lies in how long it will take to complete the treatment.
As you know, no mouth is the same and each mouth comes with its own set of complexities, so depending on how severe your child’s teeth are will determine how long they need to be treated. And, of course, the longer the treatment, the more expensive it will be.