Too often, people underestimate the importance of regular dental care for children. Since the primary teeth eventually fall out, many tend to believe children do not need to visit the dentist for cleanings and checkups. Despite the American Dental Association’s recommendation that everyone over the age of two sees their dentist every six months, only few children go to see the dentist regularly. As a children’s dentist in Accra, we encourage you to take your child to the dentist every 6 months for preventive care.
Dental Care for Children
Although the primary teeth do eventually fall out, they play a crucial role in your child’s life. Your child’s primary teeth help your child learn to eat and speak correctly. In addition, they act as place holders for the permanent teeth. If damage occurs to the baby teeth, your child can suffer a wide range of complications, even some that affect the permanent teeth.
In addition to home oral hygiene, your child needs to see their dentist every six months for preventive care. During routine appointments, we will properly clean the teeth to reduce the risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Professional dental cleanings are extremely important for children as they often do not have the best oral hygiene habits. As a result, they tend to develop tooth decay. In fact, it is estimated that most children have untreated cavities.
By properly cleaning the teeth, we lessen the risk of cavity development. In addition to a cleaning, we also perform a comprehensive examination. During the examination, we check your child’s teeth to ensure they are developing correctly. We also look for signs of complications, such as tooth decay. By doing so, we detect dental problems early, allowing quick intervention. With dental problems resolved early on, you will help promote the health of the permanent teeth.
After performing our examination, we may recommend certain procedures to help protect your child’s teeth. Often, we recommend fluoride treatments. Fluoride treatments are a simple and effective way to strengthen the tooth enamel to help prevent cavities. In addition, dental sealants can be applied to cavity-prone areas, such as the back molars. The sealants act as a protective barrier to stop the development of tooth decay.
During the appointment, we will also discuss your child’s dental habits and recommend areas of improvement. With regular appointments to the dentist, your child will keep their oral health a priority throughout life.
Your Children’s Dentist for Complete Care
Bethel Dental as a family dental practice in Accra, we treat patients of all ages—even young children. From the time their first baby tooth erupts, your child needs to start brushing and flossing. In addition, they need to see their dentist every six months for preventive care.
We encourage you to schedule an appointment for your child. We provide the caring and personalized services children need to enjoy visiting the dentist.