Preventing the Most Common Childhood Disease

Preventing the Most Common Childhood Disease

By Dr.Morin, DMD,MS

Tooth decay (also referred to medically as caries) is the single most common chronic childhood disease—5 times more common than asthma, 4 times more common than early childhood obesity, and 20 times more common than diabetes. In addition to being highly prevalent and on the rise among young children, caries is often untreated in children under the age of 3, according to national surveys. Based on the most recent data, 28 percent of children aged 2 to 5 years in the entire U.S. population are affected by tooth decay. By age 5, about 60 percent of U.S. children will have had caries at some point, including the 40 percent of children who have it when they enter kindergarten. The issue is not just that kids have caries—it’s that, for many children, caries is not being treated and is turning into more serious problems. Infected infants are far more likely to develop immediate and long-term oral health issues.  Pain and chewing difficulty can lead to malnutrition and gastrointestinal disorders that can result in a failure to thrive or delayed or insufficient growth and poor speech articulation, poor sleep habits, low self-esteem, social exclusion and poor school performance. These can lead to a diminished overall quality of life. So how can we prevent that?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that you plan for your child to see a Pediatric Dentist before their first birthday or right after their first tooth shows. Taking your child to a pediatric dentist at an early age provides them with a Dental Home. Early establishment of the Dental Home can reduce early childhood caries and the mortality and morbidity risks associated with the caries disease itself.

We designed “My Kid’s Dentist” for your child feel safe, calm and carefree. The “My Kid’s” office has been created with your child in mind. From watching their favorite movie during treatment, to toys in the waiting room, we have created an atmosphere that leaves a lasting, positive memory.  As a team, we are passionate about your child’s comfort and care, committing our careers to the treatment of your children.  We treat children from infancy through late adolescence, as well as those with special needs. For the comfort of your child the offices offer sedation dentistry, as well as General Anesthesia.

Your first visit will be a short. You can expect the following: Valuable knowledge about your child’s oral health growth, a take-home plan including information about flossing, brushing, proper nutrition, and the importance of fluorides, information about Early Child Caries and a caries risk evaluation for your child and what you, as a parent, can do to avoid harm to your child’s teeth and mouth area. We will also explain what you need to know about preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth of your child. At My Kid’s Dentist we show you ways to prevent a cavity by strengthening teeth, preventing bacteria from forming and keeping a healthy mouth and overall being.

Make us your kid’s Dental Home by calling 954-314-8343.

My kid’s Dentist 5810 Wiles Road, Coral Springs 33067.

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