- August 17, 2015
You might not think that your child’s first set of teeth is as important as their adult ones, but that isn’t true! The first set of teeth your child has are essential in preparing them for a healthy set of adult teeth and they should be treated just like they are permanent!
You might have questions about how to teach your child good habits, when to bring them to the dentist, and more, which is the purpose of this blog today. We want to make sure that your child starts off with great habits that will follow them for the rest of their life!
Start Them Early!
From the moment you bring them home from the hospital your children need regular attention to their dental care needs. They might not have teeth yet, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to take care of their oral health!
Even at this early stage your children should have care and attention paid to their gums. Wipe them clean after feeding, and once teeth start to come in they should be brushed, just without toothpaste. Even if your child doesn’t like having their teeth brushed and early and disciplined approach can set them up for great habits later in life!
When Should My Child See The Dentist?
The general rule of thumb is that your child should see the dentist by their first birthday or when their first tooth comes in, whichever is first. Your child’s initial appointment can be a scary time for them, so we recommend bringing them with you to one or two of your appointments. That way they can see the dental office environment and meet some of our staff. This can go leaps and bounds to make your child feel more comfortable!
Why The First Appointment Is So Critical
When we see your child for the first time they will probably only have one, maybe two teeth. We’ll do any necessary cleaning, but that isn’t the real critical reason to see your child so early. Each and every tooth can reveal a lot about the health of your child’s mouth and is a great predictor of future growth and potential problems that may occur later in life.
Through the use of X-rays and other examination techniques we can get a good feeling for your child’s future teeth eruptions and any preventive treatment that might be needed to ensure easy smile development. Knowing what’s going on in your child’s mouth from an early age is critical to future success!
Ensuring Your Child’s Optimal Health
We use a variety of tools and techniques to ensure your child’s teeth stay healthy for years to come. From regular fluoride treatments to dental sealants we strive to prevent tooth decay before it even starts!
We’ll also take time to help you and your child learn good habits. Because taking care of a young child’s teeth can be so different from taking care of your own we’ll take the time to teach you and your young one how proper oral hygiene works. Since you’ll be seeing us on a regular basis we can continually modify these techniques as you child grows! You’ll both be prepared for the future with care at our Shorewood dentist office!
What About Fear?
Even bringing your child to your own appointments can sometimes not be enough to help them feel comfortable. All of the staff and doctors at our office have been trained to be as open and easy to understand as possible so that you child will feel at ease.
We take the time to explain each and every tool and answer any questions your child has. We also make sure that they understand what’s happening as we do it, and we keep them informed about any pain or discomfort they may experience. We also let them know that we can stop or take a break at any time – we want their experience to be a good one!
Start Caring For Their Teeth Now!
That first appointment can open the door to a healthy future, so don’t delay your child’s first visit to Shorewood Family Dental Care! With regular six-month appointments we can work as a team to keep your child healthy, happy, and cavity-free.
To make an appointment for you or your young ones, call our office at 815-768-1615 or simply fill out our online appointment request form. We look forward to seeing you soon!