3 Ways a Kids Dentist Can Prevent Tooth Decay in Adulthood

A kids dentist should be a part of your child's healthcare team. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 26% of adults have untreated cavities. Your child's dental health care can help to prevent adulthood cavities. Here are some of the ways a kids dentist can ensure good oral health for the future.

1. Education and Developing Habits

One of the benefits of taking your child to regularly see a kids dentist is that they will adopt good oral health habits. Children learn at an early age that caring for their teeth is a normal part of their daily activities by going to the dentist and watching their parents.

A dentist and their staff will spend time with your child educating them about oral health care. This early education can help your child to develop habits that will keep their teeth healthy throughout their lifetime.

2. Preventive Measures

Your child's dentist will take preventive measures to protect their teeth. Sealants and other treatments protect teeth from bacteria that cause decay. These preventive treatments keep young teeth healthy when they are most at risk.

As your child ages, the preventive measures the dentist provides support young teeth so they can grow into healthy adult teeth. Preventives early on can mean healthier adult teeth in the future.

3. Early Interventions

Each time your child visits the dentist, the dentist does a full assessment of your child's teeth. The dentist checks for positioning and health of the teeth. In dental care, like most healthcare, early interventions typically are the most successful interventions. If your child's dentist suspects that something is amiss with the positioning of the teeth, they may encourage an appointment with the orthodontist.

Of course, orthodontic problems are not the only early intervention treatment that is provided. Catching cavities in the earliest stages and other dental health issues can result in prompt treatment that reduces the risk of future dental health problems.

Ensuring that your child is seen by a dentist every six months is essential to their oral health now and in the future. Make an appointment with us today for your child's dental checkup and put them on the path to a lifetime of good oral health.

Posted March 6, 2023