Just like adults need regular appointments with their dentist, children are no different. In fact, children often need more frequent checkups and cleanings to keep their teeth healthy and to ensure that they’re developing properly. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), children should begin visiting the dentist around their first birthday (or six months after their first tooth erupts). If you have a toddler or school-aged child who has yet to visit the dentist, don’t worry – but, you’ll probably want to schedule an appointment as soon as you can. Regular dentist visits are a large part of preventive dentistry and always help to optimize your oral health. Keeping your teeth healthy also keeps your body healthy!
Preventing Tooth Decay In Children
Unfortunately, the amount of children who suffer from decay and cavities is increasing. The easiest way to prevent a cavity, is to catch the decay in its earliest stages – but this is often difficult and only your dentist can do so. Without treatment, the decay can worsen and begin forming cavities (holes) in your child’s teeth. However, when your dentist can detect it early on, they can treat it almost immediately. Not only does this mean an easier treatment, but it also means less appointments and less cost!
Educating Children About Dental Hygiene
Dental hygiene is often a home-taught practice, so naturally, many people practice different techniques when brushing or flossing their teeth. However, with help from your dentist, your child can learn the proper ways to clean their teeth – and hopefully form good habits at home.
With proper dental hygiene, regular dental visits, and a healthy diet – both you and your child are minimizing the risk for any dental complications! If you need to schedule a dental appointment for your child, don’t hesitate to contact your family dentists, Dr. Calcagno or Dr. Heimer.