Semi Annual Check-ups

By: J. Shahangian, DDS, MS- San Diego Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Semi Annual Check-ups
I recommend that you bring your baby to see me by his/her first birthday (usually the first tooth will erupt by age 1).  Prevention and early checkups is the key for protecting your baby’s smile now and in the future.

It is very important that you bring your child to visit me for regular checkups twice a year.  There are simple reasons: changes occur in your child’s mouth much faster than in the adult mouth.  Your child is growing new teeth, and the jawbone is continuing to grow.

Early on, even during infancy, dental problems can begin.  That is why semi-annual checkups are important.  During my checkups I can spot early on conditions such as gum disease, prolonged thumb-sucking, teeth irritations, and bottle tooth decay.  Yes!  Bottle decay is a form of tooth decay that forms when infants use too much bottle at night, during naps, or breast feeding.  My goal is to make sure your child maintains healthy teeth for good health and development by having strong teeth to chew food with more ease and to learn to speak more clearly.

Your child should visit me for regular dental checkups.  If not, dental diseases like gingivitis can go untreated and lead to periodontal disease.  Also, it can cause inflammation of the gums. It can even lead to the destruction of the surrounding tissues and teeth, bone, gums, and the connecting fibers that hold the gums to the teeth.[1]

 



[1] http://www.pednta.com/sub.php?id=546, accessed December 22, 2011

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