It is estimated that almost a quarter of two- to five-year-old children have cavities in their baby teeth, which is a problem that has lifelong implications for the littlest patients’ health but is largely preventable. Frisco Elm Dental is equipped to successfully treat baby or immature permanent teeth with techniques such as a pulpotomy to remove a portion of the infected center of the tooth or pulp. However, preventing the need for these reactive treatments is always preferred.
Just because baby teeth fall out doesn’t mean they are inconsequential. Patients who have had cavities in their baby teeth are reportedly three times more likely to develop cavities in their permanent ones. Poor oral health early in life is also an indicator of tooth decay and disease in adulthood. Since baby teeth hold the place for developing adult teeth, adjacent teeth may drift into the empty space left by the early loss of a tooth and disrupt proper growth. So, decay isn’t the only dental condition you have to worry about due to your child’s oral health not getting off on the right foot.
The Frisco Elm Dental team positions you and your child for lifelong wellness with kid-friendly amenities such as a play area and toys that encourage good habits like consistent brushing. Your child will learn to associate the dentist’s office with positive attributes, such as friendly and familiar faces, and playtime. He or she grows up free of the fear that keeps so many adults away from the dentist and the preventive care necessary to not only oral health, but also whole-body wellness and quality of life.
The standard recommendation is that your child’s first dental appointment should be scheduled no later than his or her first birthday. Like adults, pediatric patients are generally advised to visit the dentist at six-month intervals for check-ups and professional cleanings. However, Dr. Suri may suggest more frequent visits to better monitor and resolve emerging or ongoing dental conditions.
These early visits are vital to establish positive patterns, which are customized to both baby and parent needs. For instance, the bacteria associated with the caries disease that produces cavities can be passed on from caregiver to child. When you lick a pacifier or sample baby’s food without cleaning the spoon, you are passing on harmful bacteria in your saliva. Mother’s oral health is doubly important even before baby is born, because advanced gum disease among expectant moms is associated with greater risks of premature deliveries and low birth-weight babies.
Some of the biggest threats to baby’s health come from juices and other beverages marketed as healthy, but with deceivingly high amounts of sugar. Read the labels. Opt for 100 percent fruit juices or actual fruit instead of juice. Never put baby to bed with a bottle full of sugary drink, or a pacifier dipped in sugar water or a product that is juice in name only.
If you live in or around Frisco, your partners in kid’s dentistry and good oral health, Frisco Elm Dentistry, look forward to hearing from you! Call (214) 705-7100 to schedule an appointment.
A graduate from University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry, Dr. Vidya Suri is an established dentist who prioritizes her patients and strives to provide them with the best possible dental care. She brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and skills including her ability to pay close attention to the details to provide her patients with the most optimal outcomes that exceed their expectations.
Dr. Suri treats patients of all ages. In order to ensure that she is doing her best, she regularly participates in continuing education courses to stay abreast of new practices, technology, and advancements in the industry. Dr. Suri is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association.