According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, every child should be seen by a dentist by their first birthday to look for early signs of developmental problems that may require early treatment. During childhood, visits should occur twice a year, just as for adult patients, to ensure your child's teeth and gums stay healthy, and also to set the stage for a lifetime of good oral care.
If you’re looking for a clinic that offers Pediatric Dentistry, feel free to visit us in Aldie, VA.
Even though baby teeth will eventually fall out, they still play a vital role in your child's oral health, serving as “Space maintainer” for adult teeth as well as playing a major role in nutrition, speech development, and socialization. When decay or other issues aren't properly addressed, the adult teeth that are still below the gum surface can be affected, and any underlying infection can be detrimental to the bone and permanent tooth. Childhood also is the best time to spot and begin to correct issues like overcrowding and poor alignment that can have a more serious impact in later years. In the dental appointment, the dentist will look for signs of decay to other issues that should be addressed and discuss the appropriate steps with you and your child. Your child's teeth will also be cleaned, and they'll receive guidance on improvements they can make to their brushing and flossing techniques. Sealants and fluoride treatments may also be provided, and dental x-rays may be taken to provide additional information about your child's oral health, and if a referral is needed to another specialist you will be informed.
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