Parents set the stage for how their children view dental health. Good oral hygiene should become a way of life, even before the eruption of the first tooth. Routine dental visits should begin before a child is a year old, and the American Dental Association recommends that children be seen after the first tooth breaks through.
A clear benefit to scheduling the first dental appointment by age one is the familiarity and comfort a child begins to develop towards the dental office. When treatment begins this young, there is less anxiety the child will experience in later years. Children also detect the emotions of their parents, so dental visits allow parents to demonstrate trust in their dentist. Beginning a positive experience early on will help you stay committed to routine appointments later.
Dentists educate parents on baby dental care, and they offer valuable advice such as to:
Dentists also seek to provide early intervention for the following oral health conditions:
These issues if left untreated can eventually affect speech and permanent teeth.
Parents can instill in their children habits that will cultivate beautiful smiles by making oral health care a fun and positive experience. Singing songs, reading books, looking at pictures of appealing smiles, or using oral health as a means for teaching science to kids are all great ways to help families stay enthusiastic about their dental care.
Give James Gallagher, DDS, a call if you need to kick off a great start to your child’s dental care. He serves the city of Kingwood and surrounding communities. Dr. Gallagher enjoys beginning a relationship with young patients that will last for many years.
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