Pediatric & Orthodontics Dentist - Las Vegas, NV
ROUTINE DENTAL CARE
The Importance of Routine Dental Care
Dental care plays a vital role in overall health. Gum disease can lead to life-threatening health problems like heart disease. Tooth decay can put a patient's health at risk too. Researchers have found that dental problems are linked to diabetes and dementia. Fortunately, good oral hygiene can reduce your risk of serious health concerns.
Dental care also prevents cavities, gum disease, and foul-smelling breath. Brushing and flossing keep your teeth looking healthy. Establishing good dental care habits during childhood can deliver lasting results. Parents can help children protect their oral health by making dental care a daily habit. Make sure that children brush and floss twice a day.
Pediatric providers can teach patients how to care for their mouths. Professional brushing and flossing techniques remove plaque and keep breath fresh. At home, some families find it helpful to brush and floss together. Children benefit from watching their parents model good oral hygiene.
What to Expect During Checkup
During a routine pediatric visit, the dentist examines and cleans your child's teeth. If your child has a cavity, the provider makes arrangements to fill it. Minor dental problems, like chipped or cracked teeth, can usually be repaired in-office. In some cases, the dentist may schedule a separate appointment to finish the treatment.
If your child has unique dental needs, they might need to see the dentist more often. Your provider can offer more information about specialized care plans. Severe injuries might need special attention, too. In the event of a jaw injury or knocked-out tooth, you may receive a referral to another provider.
Many pediatric patients receive orthodontic evaluations as part of their routine childhood care. The dentist may perform this evaluation in the office or refer your child out. If your child needs braces, the provider can discuss treatment costs and expectations. Keep in mind that these will vary between patients.