The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reported that 42% of children ages 11 years old or younger have had cavities. While cavities forming in primary (baby) teeth may not seem like a big deal, early oral health issues can impact the healthy development of permanent teeth.
Cavities are caused by a breakdown in the tooth's health by acids from bacteria. These acids dissolve the hard tissues of the teeth such as the enamel, dentin, and cementum. As a result, a cavity can leave a tooth very painful and sensitive.
However, dental cavities are highly avoidable. Although eating healthy and engaging in oral hygiene at home are important, there are certainly other preventative methods.
To prevent your child from getting cavities, regular dental checkups are necessary. Just like pediatricians specialize in seeing children, pediatric dentists specialize in children's oral health. After achieving an education in dentistry, pediatric dentists spend an additional two years in post-graduate programs specifically for children. Thus, this prepares pediatric dentists for better understanding the tooth development in young children.
Your pediatric dentist will diagnose oral diseases, promote oral health through education, and monitor the growth and development of your child's teeth and jaw. Additionally, they can also repair teeth with decay. Likewise, they can ensure the gums, throat muscles, the head, neck, jaw, the tongue and salivary glands are functioning properly.
Best of all, pediatric dentists know how to melt the fears of their young patients. Unlike some regular dentists, pediatric dentists especially use a gentle touch when working in patient's mouths. Therefore, finding a dentist that had worked with numerous children in the past is vital.
Hawaii Family Dental is committed to caring for the health of your keiki. Since 1986, more moms have trusted us to look after their children's oral health more than any other dental practice in Hawaii.
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- More moms have referred us than any other dental office in Hawaii since 1986.
- Honolulu Magazine recognized 35 "Best Dentist" at Hawaii Family Dental in 2017, five times more than anyone else.
- Hawaii Family Dental is the only office has every specialty.
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