Keeping your child’s teeth healthy is extremely vital while they are young. Tooth decay and gum disease no only restrict speech development., but they can also make it more difficult for the child to eat healthy food. Unhealthy teeth lessen a child’s self-confidence and will have a lasting effect not only on oral health in childhood, but on mental health in adulthood. This, in turn, puts overall physical and mental health at risk. Keep in mind that dental pain can also impact school performance. For all of these reasons, we always stress the fact that maintaining dental health in childhood is essential for health and happiness.
The Health Benefits Continue Into Adulthood
When your child moves into adulthood, a healthy mouth should still be a top priority. You may be surprised that inadequate oral hygiene increases the risk of numerous diseases:
- Heart Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Kidney Cancer
- Blood Cancers
- Lung Cancer
At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Advanced Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we help children and adolescents maintain healthy teeth and gums. We also detect problems in the early stages when they are easier and less expensive to correct. At our practice, our team prioritizes oral health in childhood because we understand the lasting effects it will have on your kids.
Lifelong Oral Health Starts Early
Young children should see a family dentist when their first tooth erupts. This is much earlier than many moms and dads realize. Put dental appointments on your to-do list along with well-child check-ups and immunizations. You might think you know the basics of proper dental hygiene for children, but it is a good idea to get a refresher course from one of our expert, child-friendly hygienists. We can also discuss other family dental issues that you would like to address. Our practice offers services such as gum disease treatment, restorative dentistry, and tooth extractions. We look forward to meeting you and your child.