Have you ever wondered why it is so important to get proper dental care from an early age? Parents are urged to get their children to the dentist as young as six months of age. Starting a child early by getting them to the Family Dentist at a young age can lead to a lifetime habit of caring for their teeth. Proper dental care can prevent many other health issues during a lifetime.
Improper dental care can cause many health issues. Irregular or improper tooth brushing and/or flossing can cause bacteria to turn into plaque which can cause cavities, gum pain and bleeding. Cavities can be dealt with by filling them, capping them, or in some cases even having the offending tooth extracted. Infections in the mouth can spread throughout the body causing other ill effects. Sometimes, it can even cause death if not caught in a timely manner. Cavities can result in having to have a root canal or even dental surgery by an oral surgeon to remove the offending tooth or teeth.
A visit to the dental hygienist for a good professional teeth cleaning and exam by the dentist can help identify problems before they become worse. For example, the dentist can determine if extra vitamins should be added to the diet to prevent dental issues. The dentists office can also do fluoride treatments to help prevent cavities.Dentists can also determine if the teeth are growing in properly. Teeth may grow too close together or irregularly. Oftentimes, this results in the need for a visit to an orthodontist to determine if braces will be needed to assure proper alignment of the teeth.
No one likes to be in pain. Tooth pain can be excruciating. The good thing about tooth pain is that it be virtually eliminated in most cases by regular visits to the dentist. It is recommended that everyone get a dental checkup every 6 months to keep things in check.
Having a Family Dentist can also prevent you from having to find a dentist when it is too late and you are already suffering from tooth pain and decay.