By Thiells Dentistry
October 05, 2018
Category: Dentistry

Do your children see the dentist regularly? Scheduling twice-yearly visits can help set the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. Dr. Michael Bleyzer, a family dentist serving Pomona, Stony Point, and Rockland County, NY, provides the care your entire family needs for healthy smiles.

 

Child Dental VisitsEarlier is better when it comes to dental visits

In the past, young children didn't visit the dentist until they had a full set of baby teeth. Unfortunately, it wasn't uncommon for some kids to develop a few cavities by that point. Today, experts recommend that children see the dentist within six months of the eruption of the first tooth or by age one at the latest.

Early visits ensure that your child is developing normally and also allow your dentist to spot tooth decay or other issues. Cavities are much easier to treat when they're small and haven't done much damage to the teeth. Although it may seem as if it wouldn't be a major issue to lose a baby tooth, premature loss of one of these teeth due to decay can affect your child's permanent teeth.

When your child loses a tooth, nearby teeth begin to drift. When it's time for your son or daughter's permanent teeth to appear, there may no longer be enough room. Loss of teeth can also cause eating or speaking difficulties.

 

Regular visits allow for early detection of dental problems

During regular visits, your Pomona dentist will not only look for signs of tooth decay but also determine if your child's jaw, mouth and teeth are developing normally. If any problems are detected, he can recommend treatments or make referrals to specialists. Your child's dentist can also advise you when it's the right time to start orthodontic treatment should your child need braces.

Kids don't always spend enough time brushing or flossing their teeth. If your child is a speedy brusher, he or she may fail to completely remove plaque. The bacterial film causes cavities and is also a factor in gum disease. When plaque isn't removed promptly, it turns into tartar, a hard deposit that can only be removed during a dental cleaning. Tartar irritates the gums and may cause gum disease. Every checkup also includes a dental cleaning to remove both plaque and tartar.

Protect your child's smile with regular visits to the dentist. Call dentist Dr. Michael Bleyzer serving Pomona, Stony Point, and Rockland County, NY at (845) 429-8060 to schedule your appointment.

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