Your child will have many concerns about her appearance; Are her teeth white enough? Are they straight? Does she have bad breath? Your child will can have one less area of concern if she has regular dental appointments, cleanings and orthodontic treatment (if necessary).
It may be difficult for you to help your child maintain proper hygiene and nutrition during this time as they become more active and independent. This could be a time of increase in cavities and decay due to sugary snacks, sodas and sports drinks.
Areas of Concern:
- Teeth Grinding: Observe your child during sleep. The grinding of teeth can be prevented with a custom mouthguard to be worn at night. This will prevent a multitude of problems later in life.
- Dental Sports Injuries: Ensure your child wears a mouthguard during sports play and practice.
- Increase in Cavities: Encourage your child to limit their use of sugary snacks/drinks.
- “Wisdom” Teeth Development: You child will start to develop their wisdom teeth (Third Molars). A proper dental assessment to determine if there is enough for them to push through.
- Panoramic Radiograph. Enables the dentist to see the presence, or absence, of the permanent teeth, their shape and eruption pattern. Allows the pediatric dentist to evaluate the development of the jaw joint (temperomandibular joint) and the presence of any abnormalities that may require a corrective treatment plan.
- Six-Month Checkups. Are necessary to enable the pediatric dentist to monitor your child’s dental growth and health.
- Sealants. Sealants may be applied to prevent the growth of cavities.
- Transition to General Dentist. Your pediatric dentist can help you determine when it is appropriate to transfer your child’s dental care to a general dentist.
Dr. Werner looks forward to caring for her patients until they reach young adulthood. She recommends prevention as a means for children to grow strong, healthy teeth so that they may last a lifetime. As children develop, so do their dental needs, and she takes the necessary steps in every stage of development to make sure you, as the parent and the child both learn proper oral hygiene and nutrition.