There is no minimum age for getting regular checkups. So long as your child has any baby teeth, preventive care is essential. Here at Pediatric Dental Associates of Southbury, we are dedicated to giving your child the best opportunity to maintain free of cavities and gum disease for a healthy mouth now and in the future.
The importance of regular checkups can be summed up in one word: plaque. It’s the film-like bacterial substance that erodes your child’s precious tooth enamel to cause holes to form in her or his teeth. Those holes are known as dental cavities, and they expose the inner tooth to harm, which means toothaches, possible infections, and maybe early tooth loss. At minimum, it is likely to lead to pain for your child, and anytime that can be avoided, it’s a good thing. In addition to cavities, our Southbury dentist for children wants you to know that plaque irritates and reddens gums, too. Those are the signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Advanced gum disease, periodontitis, brings with it inflammation, infection, and more concerning symptoms, which is yet another reason why a six month visit with our Southbury dentist for children is so crucial. Your child will be given a teeth cleaning, the purpose of which is to eradicate hardened tartar, the form of plaque that develops from any that is not possible to remove during brushing and flossing. But the side benefit, and an essential one, is that the effects of gingivitis are reversed. The checkup also includes x-rays as needed to diagnose cavities. Early detection and filling will decrease the chances for further complications.
Don’t let it slip your mind. With your busy schedule, now is the ideal time to contact our office to schedule a convenient time for a checkup so that your child can get the benefits of seeing our Southbury dentist for children.