We know most parents are busy shopping for school clothes and supplies and catching up with booster shots to get ready for the new school year. But scheduling a dental checkup right now for your children can be just as important. A painful tooth or chronic dental problem can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking and concentrating. Children with chronic dental pain may not always voice their problem. They may appear anxious, depressed or tired, but teachers may not recognize their pain. Dental problems also cause many children to miss school.
What many parents may not realize is that serious tooth decay is an infectious disease for which there is no immunization. Dental caries, more commonly known as tooth decay, is the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 11 years and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. Tooth decay is four times more common than asthma among adolescents aged 14 to 17 years.
The American Dental Association recommends an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Routine dental examinations uncover problems that can be treated in the early stages, when damage is minimal and restorations may be small. When necessary, X-rays are taken to see how the teeth are developing and to spot hidden decay. Early examination and treatment can prevent or reduce the severity a “bad bite” in the permanent teeth.
Schedule a back-to-school dental visit now. Dr. Angell will recommend routine follow-up visits based on your child’s eating habits, how clean they keep their teeth, past treatment needs, whether they drink fluoridated water, and other factors that can affect the likelihood of dental diseases.
If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Give our office a call at (248) 362-4330 and be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.