According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 5 children (20%) aged between 5 to 11 years and 1 in 7 children (13%) between 12 to 19 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth. A simple math calculation would tell you that this is a worrying statistic as the number of children suffering from tooth decay runs into the millions. This means your child is also likely to have tooth decay, which you can solve with regular visits to the dental office. Besides, there are several other benefits to a dental visit too. Let's take a look at them.
Children are experiential learners. This means they learn through experience and observation, and merely telling them to brush regularly may not yield the desired result. When you take your child to a dental office, the dentist can explain every aspect of oral health by showing them examples of what bad habits oral habits can lead to. This will help children develop the discipline to take their dental care more seriously.
One of the goals of dental visits is to spot signs of impending dental problems and treat them in their early stage with the proper treatment. The situation is no different when it comes to tooth decay. Of course, this isn't limited to tooth decay but a whole array of other conditions that tend to manifest in the mouth before spreading to other parts of the body.
As dentists scan through a child's mouth for cavities, they also impart knowledge on some of the best practices children can use to keep their teeth and gums healthy. E.g., a child is more likely to heed the advice of their dentists than their parents about cutting down on candy consumption.
Regular visits to the dental office also save you from dealing with any surprise bout of oral health complications your child may experience. Call up Stonewall Dental at +1 703-368-1000, set up an appointment for a visit, and help your child live a pain-free life.