Routine Dental Check-up for Children: Necessary or Not?
Many parents I know don’t really consider the idea of bringing their children to the dentist regularly. They would just say “Why fuss about it? They still young and they have just had their teeth so they don’t need to be checked yet. It’s just a waste of time and money.” Well it’s time for everyone to know the real score.
Oral health is, undeniably, as important to the children as it is to adults and it doesn’t just end with brushing your teeth but having yourself checked as well. Remember that our teeth play a very important role to our day-to-day activities such as eating and speaking. As for your children, their teeth especially the primary ones are the foundation for their primary teeth and are very essential for their speech development and self-esteem.
Since brushing will not be able to clean one’s whole mouth thoroughly, a lot of problems may occur if a child doesn’t go to the dentist regularly. Kids are prone to tooth decay especially if they’re used to bottles and pacifier. Chronic gingivitis is common in children. Though it is treatable, if left untreated, it will cause serious periodontal disease. Periodontal disease also runs in the family so if the parents have it, their children will most like inherit it. We also have to be aware that, sometimes, a dental problem can be a sign of another health problem.
So are we still going to be passive about the idea of routine dental check ups for you children? Remember, it is never really too early to care. Bear in mind that prevention is better than cure. ☺