Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. It doesn’t often appear in children, but it can. That’s why Stephen Ratcliff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington stresses good dental health, with regular checkups and proper dental hygiene, starting at an early age.
We recommend a child’s first dental visit as soon as the first tooth comes in, or by the first birthday. An early check is the first step in preventing problems, and sets the stage for lifelong dental health.
Too many parents wait longer than that to bring their children in for a checkup. This can have serious consequences. Kids should see the dentist twice a year, just like their parents should.
The condition of a child’s teeth can change fairly quickly. A slight change in diet or habit, like thumb sucking, may be noticeable after just six months. Such issues can make the child vulnerable to tooth decay or jaw development problems, so the sooner we can identify them, the better.
At Stephen Ratcliff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington we place a lot of importance on preventative care, and want all our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums throughout their lives. We offer complete family dentistry, and patients from Mansfield and Grand Prairie also come to us for restorative dentistry, and more. Call for an appointment today!
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