It is that time of year again. Spring is the perfect season to refresh, renew, and clean! Spring cleaning can take the form of many things - purging the closet, cutting back overgrowth in the yard, and even CLEANING YOUR TEETH. Here are some great reminders on the importance of routine dental care for your children.
Let's answer these 6 common questions...
1. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR MY CHILDREN TO SEE THE DENTIST? Oral health is essential for kids (and parents, too!) to prevent bacteria build-up, tooth decay, and oral diseases. Routine dental visits are a great opportunity for parents to learn more about how to care for their child's teeth at home.
2. HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY CHILD HAVE DENTAL CHECK-UPS? Each 6 months is common for dental cleanings, preventative maintenance, and cavity prevention. However, our dentists can give you a precise time plan based on your child's individual oral needs.
3. WHAT HAPPENS AT A DENTAL CHECK-UP? During his/her first visit, your child will be introduced to the dental environment at his/her own pace. A thorough examination will be performed, a cleaning, and necessary x-rays will be taken. This all depends on your child's behavior, which will determine how much is accomplished at each visit. Our main goal is for a positive experience, and we will adjust our approach specifically for your child.
4. AT WHAT AGE SHOULD MY BABY FIRST SEE A PEDIATRIC DENTIST? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends bringing your child to a pediatric dentist for a routine dental exam before celebrating their first birthday. Make an appointment with us when baby's teeth begin to emerge.
5. ARE THERE DENTAL PROCEDURES FOR NEWBORNS? For babies who were born with tongue-tie, extra tissue in the mouth, or any other type of oral condition, seeing a pediatric dentist can help make feeding and development easier for your baby. We can guide you through a full consultation about our infant dentistry services, including state-of-the-art laser dentistry.
6. HOW DO DENTAL CHECK-UP BENEFIT MY CHILD'S HEALTH? The positives of keeping good oral hygiene are numerous! By simply keeping a habit of brushing twice daily and flossing each day, your child can enjoy fresh breath, strong teeth that will last late into their age, gum disease (Gingivitis) prevention, sparkling stain-free teeth, and drastically lower the chances of developing dementia. Additionally, it can save your family money in the long run, too, because you can avoid costly medical/oral ailments.
The Sunshine Children's Dentistry LOVES our patients! Your family is a blessing to everyone at our office. If you ever need to reach us, our number is 910.762.7736.