Importance of Regular Dental Visits
Did you know that 28% of children between the ages of 2 to 5 years and 51% of children between the ages of 6 to 11 years have had dental caries (also known as tooth decay or cavities)? (Source: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)
Furthermore, 23% of children ages 2 to 11 have untreated dental caries.
This is one of the primary reasons the Canadian Dental Association recommends regular dental visits for your child. We recommend they visit the dentist every six months. Regular “Happy Visit” dental checkups can identify and treat tooth decay and cavities in their early stages. It will also help reduce the need for more complicated and expensive dental procedures in the future.
These bi-annual checkups are far more than just a deep cleaning of your child’s teeth and check for cavities. These appointments also allow our pediatric dentists to:
- Check for tooth decay
- Review loose teeth
- Evaluate gum health
- Look for broken, chipped or cracked teeth
- Check any fillings for damage
- Gauge contact between teeth
- Monitor for mouth cancer, diabetes, and vitamin deficiencies
- Assess bite, saliva, and lower jaw joints
- Take X-rays to look at roots and gum health
Check out our children’s dental services page for more information about how we can help your child.
When Should My Child First See the Dentist?
A lifetime of good oral care starts at an early age. You should book your child’s first dentist appointment within six months of their first tooth or by their first birthday.
At your child’s first dental visit our pediatric dentist will examine the mouth and gums and count their teeth. The visit is very non-threatening and we provide plenty of distractions to keep your young child happy. We encourage you to be in the examination room the entire visit to keep your child calm and occupied.
These happy visits in the early years allow us to catch small problems early on. Remember that young children are unable to understand or explain any pain in their mouth caused by tooth decay. You may write off any crying or interrupted sleep to regular teething or other growing pains. With regular dental visits our dentists are able to watch for issues that would otherwise go undetected.
Importance of Lifelong Oral Care
Did you know that research has linked poor oral health to significant health risks such as cardiovascular disease? Not only does proper oral care stop bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease, but it also helps ward off heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes and preterm labor (source: Colgate Professional). That’s why we don’t just do just for kids dental care. We can your your child’s dentists throughout their growing years and into adulthood.
Kids in particular, put everything in their mouths and don’t always wash their hands. This makes the mouth a breeding ground for bacteria. In fact, more than 500 species of bacteria are active in your child’s mouth at any given time!
This is why it is critical to instill good oral health care habits from an early age, healthy habits they can take into adulthood including:
- Brushing teeth for at least two minutes, two times a day.
- Flossing teeth once a day.
- Refraining from sugary and acidic foods.
- Washing hands regularly and avoid touching the mouth.
- Avoiding long-term use of soothers and thumb sucking.
- Avoiding taking a bottle of milk or juice to bed.
Regular Dental Visits with No Fear!
The fear of the dentist is a real thing! Referred to as dentophobia, about 5 – 10 % of people have this strong fear of the dentist. Furthermore, as many as 75% of adults experience some level of fear or anxiety in regard to visiting the dentist.
In most cases people develop this fear and anxiety about regular dental visits because of a previous traumatic experience. This can often happen during childhood as children can have difficulty understanding new situations. They may be reluctant to meet new people or have a skewed perception of their surroundings.
Preventing this fear of the dentist starts at a young age. Our dedicated pediatric dental office is designed to make children feel welcome and at ease. Our pediatric dentists are not only trained in caring for young mouths but also have training in child psychology, which enables us to effectively and positively interact with your child.
Our entire staff is trained to make your child feel comfortable in order to reduce the risk of developing an unhealthy fear of the dentist. At Keswick Kids Dental, your child will learn that a dentist is trustworthy and regular dental visits play an important role in helping to keep them healthy.
Fostering Positive Experiences with Happy Visits
Every aspect of your child’s dental visit to Keswick Kids Dental is designed to put your child at ease. Our caring staff will welcome you in and our fun arcade zone, prize room, and fully stocked fridge will almost make your child forget where they are! We also recognize that regular dental visits can be another chore for you, which is why we offer complimentary spa services for parents while you wait.
If you still have questions or need more information, please call us at 905-476-2800 or click below to book an appointment online!