Tooth decay has become the most common childhood disease in modern times, according to Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC). With such a widespread epidemic, top of the line children’s dentistry has become a necessity to maintain your child’s overall health and ensure they grow up with a glowing smile.
It is recommended that a child visit the dentist before his first birthday or approximately six months after the eruption of the child’s first tooth. Tooth decay often occurs as soon as the tooth emerges from the gum if proper tooth cleaning is not maintained. Regular visits to a dentist help teach a lifetime of good oral care habits. With frequent visits to the dentist, your child will also become familiar with the routine and not build up any type of fear. The child will associate dental visits with positive experiences.
You might wonder what to expect when you first take your child to the dentist. Most visits last approximately 15 to 20 minutes. The dentist will talk to the child and exam thier teeth, jaws, gums and other oral tissues to make sure that everything is developing correctly.
Often a dental hygienist will give the child’s teeth a gentle cleaning and polishing to help remove any plaque or tartar buildup. In some cases, the hygienist or dentist will show you how to properly clean and maintain your child’s teeth. Most dentists also discuss the benefits of regular fluoride.
Children should see the dentist every six months or sooner if the child experiences any problems.
To schedule your child’s dental appointment please contact us. Our professional, friendly staff are here to answer any questions or concerns that you might have regarding your child’s oral health and dental needs.