One in five children in the U.S. go without dental care every year, and that can spell disaster for their teeth. A dentist visit at least twice a year (as recommended by the American Dental Association) can dramatically reduce the amount of dental work that needs to be done. And avoiding the dentist office can lead to costly side effects like the following common dental procedures:
Fillings and Repairs
This is easily the most common procedure that a dentist will do, even kids dentists. Fillings and repairs are done to teeth that have been compromised due to decay or trauma and often done for cavities. Cavities are very common in children, many of whom have not yet developed good dental habits or hygiene. If your child is among the one in five children that don’t go to the dentist every year, they may need this procedure.
This one might be less common for your child, as it is dental work that mostly applies to having damaged crowns on the teeth. It might not seem like childrens dental care, but if your child is involved heavily in sports or other physical activities, it is a risk. These caps, also known as “crowns,” are often made from porcelain, metal, or a combination of materials and rest on the part of the tooth that lies above the gum line.
This might shock you, but teeth extractions are actually common among children. If the tooth is experiencing severe decay and might cause an infection, or broken too heavily to remain, it may need to be extracted. The extracted tooth, if it’s an adult tooth, can be replaced by a dental implant to keep the image of having a full mouth of teeth.
This is generally a last resort for dentists and often is not considered unless there is nothing that can be done to salvage that particular tooth. Hopefully, your child has good dental hygiene and this isn’t a step they are going to take.
Taking care of your child’s teeth is important, even if they’re not the adult teeth they’ll have for the rest of their lives. They need to develop good dental habits early and keep those habits well into adulthood. Hopefully, you’ve been avoiding these common dental procedures with good dental care.