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Why Your Kiddo Needs a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dec 21, 2017

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“How many of us of a certain vintage learned to fear the dentist? Back in the day, for some of us, nine times out of 10, it was some crotchety guy with little patience for children. And if he failed to administer enough Novocaine, well, you’d better just suck it up and keep your mouth shut … er … open. This probably led those of us who have kids to subconsciously pass on our fear of the dentist.

To be fair, screaming, flailing kids can pose a danger to all concerned, so misbehavior needs to be held in check. But today’s pediatric dentists — or those skilled in working with young patients — have a pretty good shot at gaining control of the situation before it gets out of hand. This is especially true nowadays, with the arsenal of child-oriented dental gadgetry aimed at bolstering children’s confidence or just plain distracting them.

Dental caries in children, though on the decline from a spike in the early 2000s, remains one of the most common, yet preventable, childhood diseases and a very real threat. In fact, according to the latest statistics available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2011 to 2012, approximately 23% of children between the ages of 2 and 5 and a whopping 55.7% of them between the ages of 6 to 8 had caries in at least one of their deciduous teeth. But the CDC also reports that decay can be reduced in the permanent molars of kids by as much as 81% for 2 years — and possibly up to 4 years — when sealants are applied.1

For reasons like this, experts agree that it’s vital parents establish a dental home at an early age.”

 

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