Seeing the dentist regularly from the time your child is very young is important for establishing a lifetime of good oral health. Sadly, most parents assume that dental care during the younger years is no big deal since those teeth will fall out anyways. But, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Here’s everything you need to know about pediatric dental care.
Age for First Dental Visit
Your child should have their first visit with the dentist by their first birthday. Why so early? The incidence rate of tooth decay and early cavities in infants is on the rise. Visiting the dentist early can change that.
The eruption of their first teeth generally begins to happen around 6 months of age - and you will want that first visit to occur within 6 months from the first tooth. However, it is very important to note that even if your child doesn’t have any teeth erupt, a trip to the dentist by 12 months of age is still warranted.
From this time, routine dental visits every 6 months should commence.
Expectations For the First Visit
There is a pretty good chance that your child will not even remember their first visit to the dentist, but it is a great opportunity to build trust and allow them to experience the sights, sounds, and friendly faces. We will take into consideration your infant’s needs and personality as we do a quick examination. This will be the first step in monitoring your child’s progress and development for future visits.
During this visit, we spend time with you providing educational information and preventative care tips to help you protect your little one’s teeth before it's too late.
Caring For Your Child’s Teeth
As with everything in life, children need to learn how to properly brush and care for their teeth. That means developing daily habits that will keep their teeth and gums healthy - while also holding their interest and keeping them motivated.
Here are a few ideas to boost your child’s oral hygiene:
- Kids learn by example. Brushing your teeth with your child not only sets a good example but it is good bonding time, too
- You will have to help them hold their toothbrush
- Make it a habit by including brushing teeth as a part of the morning and bedtime routines
- Start a reward system, play music, or do something else to make it fun
The more you can engage your child in good oral hygiene, the greater chance they have of following through.
Common Pediatric Dentistry Services
Depending on any oral health concerns or issues your child may be dealing with, there are quite a few common pediatric dentistry services that can be used, including:
- Dental cleanings
- Fluoride treatments
- Oral examinations
- Habit counseling, such as pacifier use, thumb sucking, and sippy cups
- Dental sealants
- Dental fillings
- Pulp therapy
- Emergency dental needs
- Dental bonding
- Early orthodontic treatment
- Nitrous oxide for an effective and pleasant dental experience
Pediatric Dentistry at Dental Associates of Lodi
Never neglect your child’s baby teeth. Remember, even though they will fall out and be replaced with permanent teeth, they set the foundation for your little one’s oral health. Meet the dentists of Dental Associates of Lodi and help your child embark on their journey to healthy teeth and gums.