Kids are amazingly healthy and resilient in a lot of ways. They bounce back from sickness and injury faster than adults typically can. But when it comes to a healthy smile they are at risk for gum disease just like adults. That’s why early prevention is so important to make sure small problems don’t become big problems later on. The American Dental Association recommends children see a dentist no later than their first birthday. But the reality is that less than half of children see a dentist before kindergarten. Argus Leader explains more:
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease affecting American children – five times more common than asthma. In fact, nearly one out of every four children ages 2 to 11 has untreated cavities in their baby teeth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While the statistics sound dire, prevention is possible, dentists say. And the earlier you get started, the better.
“It used to be that you’d wait until you have a problem and then fix it,” says Dr. J.B. Skibinski, a dentist with Children’s Dental Center. Not anymore. Prevention is the buzz word in children’s dental care today.
“That’s the beautiful thing about dentistry,” says Dr. Pat Colbert, a dentist with Family Dental Center. “With home care and prevention, you can cut back on the vast, vast majority of problems today and in the future.”
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