By Aspen Dental
Regular Office Visits Can Protect Your Child’s Long-Term Dental Health
Dental care for a child really begins when they are still in the womb; the mother should eat foods that are rich in calcium specifically, to promote the child’s oral health. The next step for their dental health is when their first teeth start to erupt. This is when parents should begin gently brushing the baby’s teeth. Around the time they turn one is when they should visit the dentist for the first time.
After your child’s first dentist visit, they should return every 6 months for a check-up and cleaning. Your dentist will also give you tips on how to brush and floss your child’s teeth, as well as how to teach them to do it themselves. Many people believe that dental care isn’t important for children because they will lose their baby teeth; this is not true. Decayed baby teeth will likely result in decayed permanent teeth.
Regular dentist appointments go a long way in maintaining a child’s dental health. If they have any problems, like a cavity or a bite misalignment, your dentist can identify it and fix it before it gets worse. They will also be able to closely monitor the development of the child’s teeth, jaws, and facial structure. Twice a year dentist visits can also benefit your child because they will experience less anxiety over visiting the dentist as they grow older. The sooner and more often they go to the dentist, the more it will become a habit for them and the more likely they will continue to see a dentist when they grow up.
For more information on child dental care, call or stop by our office at Aspen Dental.