How important is pediatric dental care for parents in Garland, TX?
“They are only baby teeth. They will fall out anyway.” This rationale is a common justification for putting off a child’s regular professional dental care. The argument is drastically flawed, though. Dr. Sakunthala Boppana urges parents in the Garland, TX area to consider how important pediatric dental care is to your child’s health and happiness.
How important is pediatric dental care?
In Garland, TX there are nearly 57,000 family households, with children under the age of 18 comprising more than 28 percent of the population. In 2014, Garland ranked sixth as “best city for working parents.” Yet many children in this part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex lack early dental care. They are missing out on long-term benefits such as:
- A strong foundation for good home hygiene.
- Favorable attitude towards dental care, that carries into adulthood.
- Avoiding the discomfort and embarrassment of dental problems.
- Smiling with confidence.
- Improved overall wellness, with reduced risk of health problems associated with gum disease, oral cancer, and digestive impairment.
- Lifetime savings from less expenditure on restorative dental work.
Yes, primary teeth are destined to come out eventually. Meanwhile they serve as placeholders for the straight alignment of adult teeth. As your child grows, the roots of baby teeth are gradually resorbed by the body to allow the permanent set to erupt. Keeping baby teeth free of tooth decay provides a healthy environment for the permanent teeth to develop.Gum disease can start at any age. Without treatment, it will persist and worsen.
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Special concerns for infants, tweens, and teens
Your new baby will probably start getting teeth at about six months of age, so scheduling the first dental visit by the little one’s first birthday is ideal. Dr. Boppana makes sure teeth and gums are healthy and sets a baseline for monitoring oral development. She provides education and instruction on caring for baby’s mouth at home, and answers your questions on topics such as teething, pacifiers, baby bottle tooth decay, and nutrition.
As your child grows, prevention of tooth decay becomes a focus of dental care. The doctor may recommend topical fluoride treatment or dental sealants to keep cavities at bay. Many kids start playing sports early, so this is a good time to inquire about custom-fit mouthguards to protect your child’s smile. You may also want to consider interceptive orthodontics for straight alignment of adult teeth.
During teen years your child may be developing adult habits, without adult discipline. Dr. Boppana is your ally in discouraging harmful behaviors such as negligent dental care, tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs, and eating disorders; and in encouraging healthy nutrition, lifestyle habits, and hygiene. Since Perfect 32 is a family dental practice, your child won’t have to change dentists when he or she reaches adulthood.
As a parent, please know that it is never too late to get your child started on a program of good oral hygiene and pediatric dental care. At Perfect 32 Family Dentistry in Garland, TX you will be welcomed with warmth and a genuine desire to help your child smile with comfort and confidence. Call (469) 804-5677 to schedule an appointment.