Your child’s oral health is just as important as any other aspect of their physical development. Their teeth are meant to last a lifetime and with proper care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits, children can have a lifetime of healthy smiles.
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
Prevention and education are key to a lifetime of healthy smiles. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children make their first visit to the dentist before their first birthday or six months after they get their first tooth.
Our “Baby & Me” appointments are designed for children under 2 years of age. One of our specially trained pediatric dentists will perform a knee-to-knee examination to check your child’s teeth for proper eruption and decay. We will discuss proper oral care, diet, and habits that can influence your child’s dental health and overall well-being. This first visit is also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about your child’s oral health and needs.
What are the benefits of early childhood dental visits?
We strive to make each child’s first visit to the dentist a fun, positive start to a lifetime of healthy smiles. The sooner children begin regular dental visits, the better their chances are for a lifetime of healthy smiles. These early checkups are the best way to prevent tooth decay and cavities. When children have healthy teeth, they can chew food easily, learn to speak clearly, and smile with confidence.
Here are 4 benefits of regular early childhood dental visits.
Ease fear and create a familiarity with dental care
Children need to feel comfortable and safe in their surroundings, especially in new places. Beginning visits early helps kids get used to the dentist’s office, sounds, and smells. Our goal is to make coming to the dentist a fun experience. You can expect smiling faces and a welcoming atmosphere from the moment your child walks through the door. Our office has a nurturing “growing healthy smiles” theme with toys and games in the waiting area. Your child can even watch TV on the ceiling monitors while receiving treatment.
Develop healthy dental habits
It’s important to start teaching good oral hygiene habits as soon as possible. Visiting the dentist can help your child learn how to use a toothbrush, how to floss, as well as what a cavity is and how to prevent them. When formed early, good habits can last a lifetime.
Prevention of dental problems
Children’s teeth are highly susceptible to tooth decay. Early and regular pediatric dental care can help prevent tooth and gum decay. Detecting cavities in baby teeth is absolutely critical, as a lack of care could lead to even more severe tooth issues in the future. Dental visits that begin early in a child’s life increase our chances of detecting any developing dental problems early. Your child may also need preventative actions like sealants. We can also catch early bite problems and begin interventional treatments, which can lessen the extent and cost of later orthodontic treatment.
Parental support and education
The essential part of children’s dental care is what happens at home every day. We can serve as your dental “coaches” to help you get on the right track with daily brushing and flossing, as well as give you helpful tips about healthy nutrition and what to do in emergency situations. We’ll also help you work through other childhood issues like teething, thumb sucking, or teeth grinding.
The sooner you begin regular dental visits with your little one, the better their chances are for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Let us help! Call us today at (904) 215-7800 to make an appointment.