Did you know? Early childhood tooth decay is the most common chronic early childhood disease in the United States – and it’s often entirely preventable. Studies have shown that children with poor oral health are three times more likely to miss school due to dental pain and that 1 in 3 school absences are due to dental problems.
Children ages 6-12 throughout the United States missed approximately 9 million school days due to oral health issues. Despite this, more than 40% of children have dental cavities by the time they reach kindergarten.
The American Association of Pediatric Dentists recommends that children visit the dentist by their first birthday or when their first tooth erupts.
The team at Pediatric Dental Associates of Southampton provides preventive dental care to keep children’s teeth healthy.
Regular checkups allow our board-certified pediatric dentists the opportunity to identify and treat tooth decay before it progresses and to apply protective and restorative treatments.
With a new school year on the horizon, here are few tips for a healthy smile in the upcoming school year and beyond:
- Brush twice a day, two minutes each time, especially before bed;
- Limit sugary and sticky foods;
- Snack on healthy foods like vegetables, fruit, and cheese;
- Replace juices and sugary drinks with water;
- Keep up with regular checkups every six months.
Pediatric Dental Associates of Southampton offers a welcoming and kid-friendly dental environment. Our board-certified pediatric dentists are specially trained to treat tots through teens, including those with special needs.
We welcome most dental insurances, including CHIP and Medicaid.
Call our office at 215-942-7300 to schedule an appointment or visit www.PediatricDentalAssociates.com to learn more.
PHOTO CAPTION: The team at Pediatric Dental Associates in Southampton.