Keeping a child's teeth clean and free of cavities is not just an important component of a child's oral health, but their overall well-being too. Issues that initially seem minor can grow into major health problems if they are not treated in a timely manner. A new report from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) has found that the majority of children in the United States are not receiving the dental care that they need.

According to the study, by age five, 60 percent of American children will have had at least one cavity. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers tooth decay to be a major childhood disease. Kids with dental issues are more likely to have ear and sinus infections and are also at increased risk for chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.

The AAPD, along with most other dental organizations and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), recommend that children have their first dental appointment before the age of one. Early visits with a dentist can help children and their families develop healthy habits.

In addition to seeing a general dentist, children need to visit an orthodontist as well. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that the first orthodontic appointment be scheduled before a child turns seven.

Crooked or misaligned teeth that aren't corrected can cause plaque build-up and cavities. Braces can help children and adults improve their smiles and oral health.

To learn more about the benefits of orthodontic treatment for your kids, your best source of information is a New York City pediatric orthodontist. Contact KidsBracesNYC today to make an orthodontic appointment for your child!