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Children who struggle with chronic dental pain may not always 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. If this occurs, and the condition is undiagnosed, it can harm your child as a painful tooth or chronic dental problem can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking and concentrating and may cause your child to miss school.

This is why regular dental checkups are important. Our dentists at Provo Pediatric Dental, Trace M. Lund & Kevin R. Markham, can help you decide how often your child should be seen for dental checkups. At your 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.

Typically, children can usually begin brushing their own teeth by the time they are seven years old, but they will require your supervision until they are around 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 longer to master.

Periodic dental cleanings will help your child maintain a healthy, confident smile. Please call our Provo Pediatric Dental team in Provo, Utah, at 801.373.4200 to schedule your child’s appointment with Trace M. Lund & Kevin R. Markham. We care about your child’s smile health!