Children’s teeth don’t have a predictable timetable to follow when it comes to expecting their baby teeth to grow in. However, it’s never too early to start thinking about these incoming baby teeth. Children definitely need to see a dentist as their first tooth comes in, but if it’s taking longer than expected, bring children in no later than age one. Good habits are cultivated early, and when it comes to dental health, the same holds true. Starting early childhood dental intervention early will allow you and the dentist to recognize and overcome potential problems. And, more importantly, begin teaching children how to care for their teeth and gums for a lifetime of good dental health.
Tooth decay is the most chronic childhood illness in the United States, affecting more than 40% of school-aged children by the time they are enrolled in kindergarten. The number rises even higher for primary school-aged children to 60% affected. A pediatric dental visit allows the dental professional to guide parents in the importance of dental health at an early age, and may include the following information:
- Causes of tooth decay, such as sleeping with baby bottles, drinking milk or juice before bed, and allowing sugary substances to stay on young teeth.
- Switching to a cup after the age of one, to reduce the chances of milk or juice being consumed at bedtime.
- Proper brushing techniques for children in order to teach parents the best way to care for their children’s teeth until the child has the dexterity and motor skills to brush and floss for themselves
Kids may have apprehensions about the dentist since they don’t know quite what to expect. They may fear new faces, loud noises, and foreign instruments being used on them. You can ease their worries by helping to effectively prepare them long before their appointment time begins. Explain to them what the dentist and dental assistants do. Let them ask questions about the procedures. And, if possible, schedule a practice visit before their official first appointment so that your child can get a tour and see the dental office in action.
Lamparski Orthodontics provides expert, high-quality pediatric dental care to children of all ages. Our team of professionals also provides special needs dentistry for children with developmental delays or medical conditions that require specialized care. The importance of early childhood dental intervention and care is emphasized by our team at every visit. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation!