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Why You Should Choose a Family Dentist for Your Child

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Making sure your child has proper dental care should be a primary concern for any parent. As a parent you wouldn't delay a medical procedure, and the same should be true for your child's dental care. The best way to make sure your child is receiving the dental care they need is to have a family dentist.

Having a family dental care provider is important for several reasons – the most important of which is to begin teaching your child good dental habits at an early age. Your family and kids dentist in London, ON will schedule regular visits for examinations, where they can inspect your child’s teeth then correct problems (ideally) before they become painful. These scheduled visits will help your child feel comfortable and relaxed when it's time to see the dentist. As an adult, I remember how much I hated going to the dentist, but due to regular checkups my children grew up without any fear of the dentist.

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Parents who understand the importance of preventive dentistry can avoid painful and expensive dental problems for their children. Your dentist will check for problems such as gum disease, impacted wisdom teeth, and cavities. When these issues are discovered early, they are easily treated and can prevent further complications down the road.

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The leading cause of the gum disease gingivitis is plaque, which is caused by bacterial biofilms that attach to the teeth. If not treated early, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Routine visits to your child's family dentist will include a teeth cleaning and instruction about proper dental hygiene that will prevent gum disease.
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Children are often the victims of crooked teeth. There are numerous reasons teeth might come in crooked: the child's mouth is simply too small to accommodate their teeth, wisdom teeth are crowding existing teeth, or the child's upper and lower jaws may not be in alignment. In these scenarios, your dental care provider will usually recommend braces – don't panic when you hear this, braces have come a long way in the last few years. Your dentist will likely recommend removable braces for your child.

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The family dental care provider you choose for your children should also utilize laser dentistry/surgery, as it is a much less invasive, less painful form of dental work. As with medical doctors, dentists are using laser surgery for a variety of reasons. Lasers can treat a targeted area without damaging the surrounding tissue and, by sealing off blood vessels and nerve endings, lasers can reduce postoperative pain due to swelling.
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In review, your child should have a family dentist that will schedule regular visits for routine checkups to prevent painful diseases or cavities down the road. It's also good to have your child get to know the dentist so they are not frightened when a visit is warranted. Try to choose a provider that offers laser dental work, as this is a quicker, much less painful form of dentistry. Your family dental care provider will help your child build good habits that will prevent serious medical complications like gum disease, infections or cavities.

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