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WHY DO KIDS NEED TO SEE THE DENTIST?

- 28% of children age 2-5 have Early Childhood Caries

(formerly known as "baby bottle tooth decay") which equates

to 4 million children nationwide

- Most common Chronic childhood disease

- Children with dental pain can become irritable, withdrawn

and unable to concentrate at school. This can lead to poor test

performance and missed days of school.

- Dental pain in children 5-17 yrs old results in 3.1 missed days

of school per 100 children

- Goal of dentistry is prevention

- Once the children were not in pain their test scores and

attendance both rose.

WHAT CAN PARENTS DO TO HELP THEIR CHILD STAY

HEALTHY?

- Regular dental visits and establishing a dental home.

A brief definition of a dental home is an ongoing

relationship with a dentist inclusive of all aspects of oral

health and oral care.

- The AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry), The ADA

(American Dental Association) and The AAP (American Academy

of Pediatrics) all recommend first visits no later than 1 yr of age to

establish a dental home.

- Frequency of visits depends on cavity risk. Children who are

higher cavity risk may need to be seen more frequently than every

6 months but every 6 months is the average.

- Diet

Helping your child to make good food choices and packing a

healthy lunch.

Diets heavy in complex carbohydrates increase cavity risk

  • Avoid frequents snacks of cookies, crackers or other

complex carb rich foods

  • Snack on fresh fruit and veggies, cheese, or nuts.

Popcorn is a great snack also.

13% of children aged 2-10 had diets high in consumption

of carbonated soft drinks and these children have higher

number of cavities compared to children who do not drink

those drinks.

  • Water and plain white milk are best drink options.

Juice is fine as a special treat but not something

children need every day and the sugar in juice is

sometimes as high as the amount in sodas.

  • MDA had a program called "Sip All Day, Get Decay"

addressing sipping on soft drinks and how it increases

cavity risk

SPORTS AND TEETH

- 10-39% of all dental injuries are sports related and 50-90 % of

dental injuries are to the upper front teeth

- Highest risk age group is 7-11 yr olds

- Mouth guards are the best way to help prevent sports injuries and

custom made mouth guards made by a dentist are best.

- Having a permanent tooth knocked out will cost $5,000- $20,000

in a lifetime to replace and a mouth guard is less than $50 in my

office.

PREPARING A CHILD FOR A DENTAL VISIT

- Talk to your child about how going to the dentist is fun,

and that the dentist will count your teeth and make them sparkle.

- Try to remain positive even if you had a bad experience at a dentist

try not to talk about that with your child.

- Our office has a full "bag of tricks" to help make a dental visit easy

for a child but the best advice I can give a parent is never use going

to the dentist as a threat for bad behavior ie "if you don't behave

I am going to have the dentist do.....". This will make your child

scared to come to our office and we should be viewed as a place

for helping your child.

- In our office we encourage parents to be next to their child during

their appointments.

Courtesy of:

Dr. Suzanne K. Port DDS MS

Port Pediatric Dentistry, PC

291 W. Lakewood Blvd. / Holland, MI 49424

P:(616) 392-1100 /F: (616) 396-1117

www.portkidsdds.com

Click the link below to tour our office!

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