As a Childrens Dentist in Tulsa, We Treat Many Young Patients
For a childrens dentist in Tulsa, there are many challenges associated with treating children, but none we face are more frustrating than the fact that too many parents do not see the importance of bringing their children in to see the dentist early. As a direct result of this oversight, we have seen a tremendous increase in the number of children who have to be treated for childhood decay, also known as pediatric dental disease. Looking at the number of kids we treat at your childrens dentist in Tulsa and numbers across the national spectrum, we see that in the age group between two and five, there is already a 25 percent chance we will find decay. When you look at older kids between the ages of 12 and 15, that number increases exponentially to 50 percent. In other words, half of the nation’s children have some level of pediatric dental disease. The reason for this is typically a lack of understanding on the part of the children’s parents, who may understand how important it is to take a child into the pediatrician, but fail to place the same level of importance on dentist visits. A recent study found that among children under the age of one, almost 89 percent had visited the pediatrician’s office at least once. The same study found that in the same demographic, only 1.5 percent of the children had actually visited a pediatric dentist. Decay, cavities, and other diseases are much easier to stop if we can catch them early and teach your child preventative steps.
As a childrens dentist in Tulsa, we know that everything to do with pediatric dentistry starts with building blocks of preventative medicine. If we have a chance to see your child in their first year of life, or immediately after their first tooth has appeared, we have a much better chance of helping them prevent diseases, including decay, from occurring. There is a profound cost associated with not having children come in to see the dentist like this. For example, most parents do not know that children in America miss around 2.26 million productive school days each year to visit the dentist for emergency or restorative care. It is even more expensive for parents to not take the proper preventative steps. For parents who spend $1 on preventative dental care at the children’s dentist in Tulsa or elsewhere in the country, studies have shown that they will save on average up to $50 on restorative or emergency care later in the child’s life.
Simply following rules like the 2-2-2 rule is a great place to start with preventing your child from having major issues or even minor ones. The 2-2-2 rule can be applied to children and adults equally. Simply put, brush your teeth at least two times per day for a minimum of two minutes every time. Parents are advised to brush their young children’s teeth and supervise older children. Finally, come in and see the dentist at least two times per year.