• September 12, 2015

For parents of growing children there is a lot to think about: school, how to prepare your child for success, their health … and their teeth! It can be difficult knowing when to start your child’s dental care experience and even more difficult to figure out how to care for your child’s teeth at home!

At Shorewood Family Dental Care we take the family part of our name seriously. We’ve been caring for young patients for years and have seen many of our patients grow into adults with healthy, happy smiles! We want your children to have the same experience of great care, so today we’re going to discuss the best way to approach your child’s dental future!

The Time For The First Appointment

The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see the dentist by the time their first tooth comes in or their first birthday, whichever comes first. Even if your child doesn’t have a single tooth it’s still a good idea to bring them in!

The initial appointment for your child will primarily be an analysis of their current oral health, an inspection of the first tooth (if applicable), and some time for you to learn to care for your young one. Knowing what to do for your children’s oral health can be intimidating, especially for first-time parents!

Your child’s oral health can tell a lot about their overall well-being, which is why we like to see them when they get that first tooth. It’s important to identify any potential difficulties your child may have early on, so make sure they come in as soon as they can!

Early Care, Better Future

A lot of parents seem to think that baby teeth are unimportant. After all, they’re just going to fall out anyway, so why worry? What they don’t understand is the importance of two things: an early education in oral hygiene and the important role baby teeth play in the eruption of adult ones!

Just like any good habit it’s important to start young. Children who aren’t raised with regular dental care often don’t value it as adults! If they aren’t taught the value of healthy teeth they can end up with a whole host of oral health issues that could have easily been prevented with regular care!

It’s also important to understand the role that baby teeth play: they aren’t just your child’s training teeth! When your child starts getting their adult teeth those baby teeth are pushed out of the way and are lost. Without the baby tooth there to keep the socket open and properly positioned adult teeth can emerge horribly misaligned!

Help Them Feel At Home

No matter how early your child starts coming to the dentist it can still be a scary place! There are sights and sounds that your child is unfamiliar with and there are a lot of people poking and prodding their mouths!

We are firm believers in introducing your child to a good dental care environment early. If you are coming to our Shorewood dentist office for regular care we’d be thrilled if you brought your young one along! By exposing your child to dental care early they have a chance to see it isn’t so scary after all!

We’ll be glad to show your child around and help explain any equipment or care that they have questions about. We want your children to be happy and comfortable at the dentist! An early emphasis on care makes it just seem like part of life once they’re grown up!

Come See Us Today!

If you’re coming up on that big first tooth then don’t hesitate to call us! We’re always here to help answer any questions you might have about you or your child’s oral health. You can reach our Shorewood dentist office by calling 815-768-1615!

If you would like to schedule an appointment online you can do so by filling out our appointment request form. Someone from our office will contact you during business hours to confirm your time. We look forward to seeing your whole family soon!