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Children who suffer from chronic dental pain may not always tell you (or be able to tell you) what is happening to them. But there are signs; you may notice that they appear anxious, depressed or tired, and even their teachers may not recognize their pain.

More than one-half of all children aged 5-9 years have at least one cavity or filling in their smile. Undiagnosed dental conditions can harm your child, as a painful tooth or chronic dental problem can lead to difficulty eating, speaking and concentrating, and may even cause your child to miss school.

This is why regular dental checkups are vital to your child’s oral health. Our dentists at Price Pediatric Dentistry, Trace M. Lund, can help you decide how often your child should be seen for dental checkups. At their visit, we will evaluate the following:

— 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.

Normally, children can usually begin brushing their own teeth by the time they are seven years old, but they still require supervision until they are about 10-11 years old. You will also want to continue flossing your child’s teeth until they are around ten years old, as flossing is a skill which takes even longer to master.

Periodic dental cleanings will help your child maintain a healthy, confident smile. Please call our Price Pediatric Dentistry team in Price, Utah, at 435.637.9590 to schedule your child’s appointment with Trace M. Lund. We care about your child’s oral health!