According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease. In fact, it’s five times more common than asthma, and four times more common than early childhood obesity. Sean Sanghun Lee, DMD, helps prevent tooth decay in children, offering complete, compassionate pediatric dental care at Denton Oak Dentistry in Denton and Corinth, Texas. To learn more, call the office or schedule a consultation online.
The first dental visit is primarily about having your child meet Dr. Lee, and having him examine your child’s teeth and mouth for any potential problems. He checks for decay, examines their bite, and inspects their gums, jaw, and oral tissues for any issues. If necessary, Dr. Lee may clean the teeth and assess the need for fluoride.
During the visit, Dr. Lee is happy to answer any questions you have, and he may also talk to you about:
Most children need to have a dental checkup every six months to prevent tooth decay and other dental problems. However, because each child is different and has specific needs, it’s best to ask Dr. Lee how often your child should visit.
To prevent your child from developing tooth decay, it’s important to begin healthy dental habits early on. Some ways to boost these habits include:
You should do the actual brushing until your child is about 6 years old. After this, they can do the brushing, but you should still check their teeth for plaque afterward. You also want to floss, starting as soon as your child has two teeth touching each other.
Sealants are thin coatings painted onto the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars. They prevent tooth decay by forming a shield over the tooth’s enamel. Dr. Lee recommends sealing your child’s molars as soon as they come in.
One of the best ways to prevent tooth decay is to limit your child’s intake of sugary foods and drinks, especially between meals. Crunchy fresh snacks like apples, carrots, and celery aren’t only healthier but they also help scrub plaque from teeth as you eat.
Dr. Lee is a trusted general dentist who provides high-quality dental care for children of all ages in a clean and comfortable environment. If your child needs to see a dentist or if you’d like to learn more, call Denton Oak Dentistry today or schedule an appointment online.