Early childhood visits to the dentist can make or break an individual’s perception of dentists, and have an effect on his or her oral health.
Starting Off Young
According to the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, a child should have their first visit to the dentist when the first tooth erupts, or at least by the first birthday. With proper oral care from the very beginning, you child is less likely to have painful dental issues like cavities leading to infected teeth. Some parents only bring their child to the dentist when there is a severe toothache. This practice reinforces the idea that a trip to the dentist involves pain. Bringing your child when there is no pain involved makes for a more pleasant experience.
Early Childhood Preventive Care
Parents need to learn how to properly care for their child’s teeth. The earlier the better. Letting your baby go to sleep with a bottle of juice may quiet her down, but it also allows the enamel to be eaten away and eventually, cavities will develop. Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by sugars clinging to the infant’s teeth. Sugars occur naturally in milk, formula and fruit juice; so, while it may seem like a harmless practice, it may be destroying your child’s teeth.
Cleaning tiny teeth and keeping them from developing cavities is not difficult; however, not all parents are aware of the necessity for this activity. Early childhood dental visits are also informative and educational for parents. You learn the best procedures for helping your child develop good oral hygiene practices.
Dental sealants can be applied to teeth to help keep plaque from building up in the tiny fissures and grooves in children’s teeth. This is another highly effective form of prevention. Minimizing or eliminating the opportunity for cavities to develop is an important part of excellent oral care.
Find out more about Gramercy Dental Center and how we can help you establish lifelong habits for good oral hygiene in your children. Call today to schedule an appointment.
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