Many parents assume that they don’t have to worry about oral health while their kids still have their primary or baby teeth. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth as establishing a commitment to your child’s dental health now, will yield benefits as they age into adulthood. In addition, even though not permanent in nature, primary teeth guide the eruption of the adult or permanent teeth and serve other extremely important functions like speaking, chewing, and biting so they deserve just as much care. In addition, creating a healthy habit now of regular dentist visits can create a lifelong habit of good oral health.
For the first six years of your child’s life, their primary teeth will provide all the functions they need to chew, speak or bite. Generally, around the age of 12, your child will have a mixture of permanent teeth that are making their way into the mouth as well as some primary teeth still in place. All these teeth need to stay healthy to ensure they are lost naturally in the case of baby teeth or remain strong in the case of permanent teeth.
In addition to getting kids used to visiting the dentist for regular visits, it’s also important that they create a good foundation of oral health through a daily brushing routine. Ideally, you can help them establish this routine at around the age of two, using a small, soft-bristled toothbrush with just a smear of fluoridated toothpaste. You will likely have to continue to help your child with this task until they are around the age of six or more.
While you might assume it’s too early, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children begin visiting a dentist by their first birthday. In fact, amazingly, cavities are the most common and preventable childhood disease. After all, early childhood does present the problem of tooth decay which can develop rapidly in six months or less, from the outer enamel layer to the soft inner dentin where it can cause all sorts of problems. Therefore, although they may seem much like a baby still, it’s important to get your child seen by a dentist before their first birthday.
Pediatric Dental Treatments
Ideally, if you start your child’s routine dental care as suggested they won’t experience any significant problems with their teeth as they move from infancy to adolescents into adulthood. However, even when you are careful and commit to the best hygiene, sometimes services are still needed. Also, pediatric services can even prevent problems down the road, which makes them a good investment. Therefore, consider the following typical pediatric dental treatments to learn more about what you can expect when taking your child to the dentist:
Establishing a good foundation at the dentist with pediatric dental care and getting your child used to visiting and committed to prioritizing their oral health as they grow is vitally important. Therefore, it’s a great idea to utilize our pediatric services.