From the time they are born, most parents have their children routinely checked out by their pediatrician to ensure that they are growing healthy and strong. And while they may not currently have any teeth - they will eventually - and getting into the routine of visiting the dentist is just as important.
Starting within 6 months of their first tooth or by the time they are 12 months of age, you should schedule your child’s visit with a pediatric dentist. Early dental care for kids means developing healthy habits and, in turn, healthy teeth and gums. When you make this a priority, your child will benefit for a lifetime.
Familiarity and Comfort with the Dentist
Visiting the dentist is filled with new sights, sounds, and experiences. On the first visit, most kids are on high alert taking it all in.
Starting early, you can give your child the opportunity to get comfortable with the surroundings and the overall expectations for dental visits. They (and you) will have a chance to get to know the dentist and the dental team - and begin developing a relationship.
All of this will make their dental visits just another routine and common thing in their life that they will get used to. Then, as they grow, not only will their dental visits get easier, but it will increase their chances of taking care of their oral health for years to come.
Pediatric dentists always like to monitor the growth and development of kids - especially as it relates to jaw formation and bite development. By looking out for abnormalities, they are able to take action when needed to prevent bigger issues later.
This makes treatment easier for kids as they won’t have to go through complex dental or orthodontic procedures when they are older.
Believe it or not, tooth decay and gum disease can start at any age. Early dental care visits can stop the spread of decay and can prevent cavities before they start. This includes monitoring teeth as they erupt, as well as using various types of preventative care, such as deal sealants.
Education for Parents
Finally, these early dental visits present the perfect opportunity for dentists to discuss proper treatment and prevention with parents and caregivers. Knowing how to properly care for your little one’s teeth - even before they have them - can result in a healthier mouth.
Answering questions, giving tips, and developing good dietary habits can all contribute to good oral health. As the children grow, they will learn age-appropriate ways they can contribute to the care of their teeth and gums, too.
Pediatric Dental Care in Orange County
At Orange County Pediatric Dentistry, we do everything we can to provide children with a solid foundation for a lifetime of oral health. And the earlier it starts, the better. With our positive environment and gentle ways, we are able to encourage children along the way.