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Children’s Dentistry: Why Kids’ Dental Checkups are Important
You worry a lot about your children’s health and want to ensure that you regularly take your kids to the dentist. Even the smallest children should receive regular dental treatment. This is why it’s crucial for parents to frequently get their kids’ teeth cleaned by Dr. Ayah Bilbeisi. Here at Cedar Ridge Esthetic and Family Dentistry, we are the top children’s dentist in Urbandale.
What is Children’s Dentistry?
A children’s dentist has the training and experience to provide dental care for children of all ages. Children’s dentistry is a specialized field focusing on children’s teeth and gums’ unique needs. A general dentist can provide comprehensive dental care for children and adults but may not have the specialized training and experience to provide children’s dental care. As a result, children’s dentists are often the best choice for families who need dental care for their children.
Why are Dental Checkups Important?
Dental checkups are an essential part of preventative care for children of all ages. Regular dental checkups bring many benefits, including:
- They help to ensure that children’s teeth are healthy and free of cavities.
- They provide an opportunity for children to learn about proper oral hygiene habits.
- They allow children to get to know their dentist and feel comfortable.
- They help to detect any potential problems early so that they can be treated before they become more serious.
What to Expect During My Child’s Dental Checkup
A child’s dental checkup is integral to maintaining good oral health, so it is crucial to be prepared. During a child’s dental checkup, Dr. Bilbeisi will examine your child’s teeth and gums for any signs of decay or other problems. Dr. Bilbeisi may also take X-rays to check for issues that cannot be seen with the naked eye and recommend sealants or other treatments to help protect the teeth from decay. We will also check for any potential areas of concern, such as crowding or tooth grinding. In addition, we may apply fluoride. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay and can be especially helpful for children at increased risk for cavities.
After the checkup, the dentist will discuss any findings with you and answer any questions you may have. Dr. Bilbeisi may also guide you on how to care for your child’s teeth at home such as proper brushing and flossing techniques. By scheduling regular dental checkups for your child, you can help to ensure their teeth remain healthy and strong. We recommend that children have a dental checkup at least twice a year.
Preventing Dental Anxiety
Your kids might believe that their first visit to the dentist is a one-time event when they come. They can exhibit worry that they have to return instead of happiness that going to the dentist can be fun. Don’t let your kids dread going to the dentist because as they become older, that anxiety can prevent them from going at all.
Although you don’t have to reward them every time, you might occasionally give them a small treat and remind them of the value of visiting the dentist if they want to keep their teeth healthy. If needed, you can always bring them in before their appointment so we can give them a tour and get them comfortable sitting in the chair. We can go through all the fun tools we use to clean our teeth. We will do everything possible to ensure your child is comfortable during their visit.