They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and it's true. Stopping dental problems before they start is the key to saving time and money. Regular dental appointments are critical in maintaining the health of your child. And good dental health leads to overall good body health.
Your child should visit the dentist regularly, at least once every six months. The dentist will perform an examination of the teeth, mouth, and gums. X-rays will also be obtained to uncover any underlying issues beneath the surface that cannot be seen during a typical examination. With the use of newer digital x-rays that use much less radiation, you can rest assured that the health of your child is protected.
Dental prophylaxis involves more than simply cleaning the teeth. It is also helpful in preventing gum disease and periodontal disease. Without regular dental cleanings, tarter can form beneath the gums and lead to gum disease. Gum disease and poor dental hygiene have been linked to certain disease states in other parts of the body.
During your child's dental check-up visit, fluoride and dental sealants may also be applied. These are both painless ways to help strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. Dr. Bruce Vafa can discuss whether these treatments are right for your child.
What does it take to maintain a healthy smile?
- daily brushing and flossing
- a healthy diet
- regular trips to the dentist
Sound easy? It is. Maintaining good dental health is not rocket science. With a minimal amount of time devoted to daily brushing and flossing, your child will be on their way to a lifetime of great dental habits. Regular visits to the dentist are not time consuming and go a long way in keeping your child's teeth healthy.
Dr. Vafa has an excellent team of dental hygienists who are professionally trained in helping your child receive the best prophylactic care to prevent cavities and maintain good oral health. They look forward to helping your child maintain a happy and healthy smile. If your child has not had a dental check-up, please don't hesitate to call and schedule an appointment today.