Healthy teeth are important at every age. At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we provide pediatric dentistry, and advise parents to start bringing their kids in to see us as soon as their teeth begin coming in.
Children’s teeth face many of the same issues that adult teeth do, so prompt attention to any problems can spare your kids unnecessary discomfort. We strongly recommend that parents get their children started on good dental health habits as soon as possible.
Tooth decay is increasingly common in children. It is caused, of course, by the same things that cause cavities in adult teeth: bacteria and plaque that damage tooth enamel. It is important to limit sweets, and to have your children brushing and flossing their teeth every day.
Thumb sucking is extremely common in children, and it usually is not a problem. Most kids stop it by the time they reach four or five years old. If kids keep at it beyond this age, however, it can affect the development of their permanent teeth. If this sounds like your child, let us know at the next appointment.
Kids can develop gum disease, too, just like adults. It is often the result of poor oral hygiene. In its earliest stages, called gingivitis, it is easy to turn this around. We do a thorough gum inspection at each checkup and cleaning.
Good dental hygiene at home can get your child started on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. So make sure they brush and floss regularly, and bring them in to see us twice a year. In addition to pediatric dentistry, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.
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