"We always go in for check ups as adults to get our teeth looked at, but most people don't realize the importance of children's teeth also," explains Jessica Ayers, from Abilene Dental.
But as Ayers explains, the health of your kids teeth can be vital to their development over their entire lives.
"They have the existing bacteria in their mouth and it's important to take care of those little teeth too before their adult teeth come in."
No surprise, one of the most common problems found in the mouth of young people stems from a love of sugary drinks and a lack of consistent brushing and flossing.
"They come in with decay, that they're not aware is decay, so that is definitely an issue that we see a lot of," says Ayers.
Because the first trip to the dentist can be a little intimidating, Abilene Dental has a few fun ways to ease the tension.
"Some of the things I like to do when children come in, is let them play with my suction machine," says Ayers, "I call him 'Mr. Thirsty.'"
Ayers also allows small children to play with a piece of equipment, known to children as "the water gun."
Connect with Abilene Dental:
Dr. Christie Leedy
5309 Buffalo Gap Rd.
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