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Were you aware that more than one-half of all children aged 5-9 years have at least one cavity or filling in their smile? Or that, if this condition is left undiagnosed, it can cause harm to your child because a painful tooth or chronic dental problem can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking and concentrating?

Children who struggle with chronic dental pain may not always tell you what is happening to them. You may notice that they appear anxious, depressed or tired, and even their teachers may not recognize their pain. Not only that, but untreated dental problems may end up causing many children to miss school.

Our dentist at Treasured Smiles Children’s Dentistry, Duane C. Clouse, is happy to help you decide how often your child should be seen for dental checkups. We will evaluate the following to help make this assessment:

— Your child’s eating habits.

— How well your child’s teeth are maintained.

— Any past treatment your child has received and what their current needs are.

— Whether your child drinks fluoridated water.

— Any factors that may indicate susceptibility to oral diseases.

A healthy smile begins in the home. Although children can usually begin brushing their own teeth by the time they are seven years old, they will require supervising until they are around 10-11 years old. Continue flossing your child’s teeth until they are around ten years old, as flossing is a skill which takes longer to master than brushing.

Along with good oral habits, periodic dental cleanings will help your child achieve healthy, confident smiles. Please call our Treasured Smiles Children’s Dentistry team in Maricopa, Arizona, at 520-316-6111 to schedule your child’s appointment with Duane C. Clouse and our team. We understand how important your child’s smile is for optimal health!