As a parent, you want to do everything possible to set your child up for a lifetime of good health. You’re probably focused on making sure your children eat a healthy, nutritious diet, and stay physically active.
But how much thought have you given to their oral health?
For adults and children alike, oral health is a key part of overall health and well-being.
Here are some things you can do to get your child started on the road to good oral health.
- Bring them to the dentist early. Did you know that many parents bring their children for their first dental checkup before their teeth break through the gumline? Regular dental checkups are an important part of any complete self-care routine. This is the opportunity to identify and treat small problems like early plaque buildup, small cavities, chips, and cracks before they develop into extreme problems that require invasive and intensive interventions. By starting your children on a routine of regular dental visits early, you teach them that dental appointments are nothing to fear, and you increase the odds that they’ll become an adult that stays up to date with twice-annual appointments.
- Many people assume that since baby teeth will fall out eventually, they don’t need treatment. This simply isn’t true. Early dental checkups for your child can help identify cavities that need treatment. Leaving these cavities for too long can not only cause your child to require an uncomfortable dental extraction which could impact their outlook on dental visits throughout their life, but it can also cause infection or problems with the bone and root structure.
- Dental visits for children also give you an idea of how your child’s teeth are developing and whether there are any issues that need to be addressed before the adult teeth come in. Dentists can often tell if there will be issues with overcrowding or misalignment before the adult teeth develop and create a treatment plan that will help ensure a more comfortable, healthy process.
We recommend bringing your child to the dentist by the age of 3 or earlier if you have any concerns.
If you’re ready to introduce your child to the world of excellent oral health, call our team at Lilac Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment today. We’ll find a time that works for you and your family, assess the condition of your child’s mouth and teeth, and work with you to develop a plan to care for your family’s oral health moving forward.