Regular periodic dental checkups help to discover if your child is experiencing a chronic oral condition. This is important because children who suffer from chronic dental pain may not always tell you (or even be able to tell you) what is happening. Signs that something is wrong can include appearing anxious, depressed or being tired (more than usual).
The reality is more than one-half of all children aged 5-9 years have at least one cavity or filling in their smile. If your child has a painful tooth or chronic dental problem which is undiagnosed, it can lead to difficulty eating, speaking and concentrating, and may even cause your child to miss school. As you can see, your child’s dental health is important to their overall health.
Our dentist at St. George Kids Dental, Dr. Trent Pryor, can help you decide how often your child should be seen for a dental checkup. At their visit, Dr. Trent Pryor will assess the following:
— Your child’s eating habits.
— How well your child’s teeth are maintained.
— Any past treatment your child has received and what their current needs are.
— Whether your child drinks fluoridated water.
— Any factors that may indicate susceptibility to oral diseases.
Most children can begin brushing their own teeth by the time they are seven years old, although they will still require supervision until they are about 10-11 years old. In addition, you will also want to continue flossing your child’s teeth until they are around ten years old, as flossing is a skill which takes longer to master.
At St. George Kids Dental, your child’s oral health is important to us, and routine dental checkups will help us give your child a healthy, confident smile! Please call our experienced team in St. George, Utah, at 435-673-3490 to schedule your child’s next appointment with Dr. Trent Pryor.