Cavities can destroy more than your child’s smile – and to honor Children’s Oral Health Month, we’d like to share some of the ways tooth decay can affect your little (and not so little) ones.
Dental caries among our youngest children has become an epidemic. More commonly called cavities or decay, for generations it was assumed that cavities were just a normal part of growing up. Today, at Gifford Family Dentistry, your Portland general family dentist knows better – decay destroys more than your child’s smile. It can take a high toll on their overall health and intellectual and social development.
Here are some of the health hazards of early childhood caries, outlined by the American Association Of Pediatric Dentistry.
Cavities & Your Child’s Smile…
- Loss of Baby Teeth
- Damage to Permanent Teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Lifetime vulnerability to caries and gum disease.
Cavities & Your Child’s Health…
- Poor sleep habits
- Chewing difficulty, malnutrition & insufficient growth
- Disability due to pain.
Cavities & Your Child’s Intellectual Development…
- Improper speech & pronunciation
- Poor school performance
- Missed school
- Inattention in school & at home.
Cavities & Your Child’s Social Development
- Reluctance to speak, smile, or play
- Teasing from others
- Low self-esteem
- Social exclusion.
Early childhood decay is a very rapid form of tooth decay that can quickly lead to tooth destruction and the complications we’ve outlined above, yet with early intervention it is preventable. In addition to applying dental sealants to protect your child’s molars, we can assist with home care habits, like brushing and flossing instruction. PLUS, our fun and happy team loves children and has entertaining and engaging ways to help your kids enjoy their dental visits.
At Gifford Family Dentistry, we see children as young as one – as soon as their first teeth erupt. Call today! We’d love to meet you and your kids – and set you all up for a lifetime of excellent oral health.