Sure, you may know that kids need to visit the dentist every six months or so for a routine check-up (that’s according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry), but pediatric dentists do more than just dental cleaning and apply bubblegum-flavored fluoride. These specialists are extensively trained to address a wide variety of oral health problems in children and teens, including cavities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says cavities are among the most common chronic pediatric diseases in the United States. If left untreated, a cavity can progress to disrupt a child’s ability to speak, eat, learn, and even play normally. In fact, the CDC notes that kids who have poor oral health tend to achieve lower grades and miss more school than children who are in good dental health.
Here are a few other surprising cavity statistics from the CDC (and additional motivation to schedule that routine pediatric dentistry visit!):
- Having a dental professional apply a simple fluoride varnish can prevent about one-third of cavities in primary baby teeth.
- Over 50% of children ages six to 18 have developed a cavity in at least one of their primary baby teeth.
- Over 50% of teens ages 12 to 19 have developed a cavity in at least one of their permanent adult teeth.
Top-Rated Pediatric Dentistry Services in North Port, FL
There’s no need to let the statistics scare you when routine pediatric dentistry visits and good oral health habits can help prevent most cavities. And if you live in the North Port, Florida, area, an excellent place to turn for comprehensive pediatric dentistry services is Cool Kid Dental. Our practice is led by Dr. Frank Pettinato, a Board-Certified pediatric dentist and member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Come Say Hello!
Cool Kid Dental is conveniently located in North Port on Tamiami Trail. To schedule a pediatric dentistry appointment, just give our friendly professionals a call at (941) 841-1010.