If asked to name the most common childhood disease, most people would probably guess that it’s the common cold or asthma. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that it’s dental caries (cavities), a highly preventable condition.
The good news is that studies by the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute show that more kids than ever before have dental benefits. In 2015 only 10 percent of children in the US lacked benefits coverage.
Problem-Free Smiles Supports a High-Quality of Life
There are many ways that poor oral health can impact your child’s quality of life. When kids have chronic dental problems, their quality of life suffers in many areas:
- Speech development problems
- Difficulty chewing, which affects growth and development
- Pain and discomfort that result in school days missed
- Increased risk of new decay in other baby teeth
- Difficulty sleeping
- Poor self-esteem
The challenge for kids is that it can be difficult for them to tell you what is happening, and you may not associate these symptoms with poor oral health.
It All Starts with Prevention
One of the most beneficial things you can do for your child’s oral health and well-being is to be sure to stay current with their routine dental visits. When your dentist sees your child on an ongoing basis, they can address the problem right then and there, and before it causes discomfort. Your dentist may also recommend additional preventive treatments like dental sealants and fluoride applications to keep your child’s teeth healthy.
Please Call Cook Family Dental
If you are searching for kids' dentistry in Birmingham, AL, please call our office to arrange a convenient appointment. We provide comprehensive exams and cleanings and offer guidance so that your child continues to enjoy a healthy smile and a happy life.