Learn About Preventive Pediatric Dental Care

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Too many parents are neglecting their young children’s dental health by not scheduling them for regular dental checkups. Part of the problem seems to be the attitude that the dentist is someone you see only when there is an obvious problem. Unfortunately, this is a risky bet to make since problems are not always so obvious when they are just beginning. Dr. Mahnke — conveniently located in Bay City — has the expertise and training to spot problems early on before they become serious.

Preventive Pediatric Dental Care

A simple cavity, for example, can quickly become an abscess that requires root canal surgery. Although the procedure is normally quite safe, surgery at such a young age can be frightening to the child and expensive for the parent. A routine dental checkup could have spotted the cavity very early in its formation, and your dentist could have taken appropriate action before surgery became necessary.

General Health

One thing many parents do not realize is that dental health has an affect on your child’s overall health. Dental problems can cause other problems like difficulty eating, speaking, and problems with self-esteem. Significant tooth decay can also affect growth and development. If a child is having tooth pain, they may have trouble concentrating at school. A healthy smile is attractive, which helps your child with their self-confidence. But more importantly, early dental care prevents more extensive and expensive future dental care.

Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

The time for the first dental appointment is when your child’s first tooth erupts or not later than one year of age. These early visits will set a pattern and foundation for lifelong, routine dental care.

Pediatric Dental Services:

Dental Sealants

These sealants are composed of a bio-film that coats and seals teeth to prevent tooth decay. They only require one visit and last for a long time.

Wisdom Teeth

These teeth erupt usually during the teen years and can cause problems for some people. Dr. Mahnke can determine if removal is the best option for the patient’s health.

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