As soon as your child has their first tooth, it is time to visit our dentists. Taking care of dental and oral hygiene at an early stage is an important step to ensure oral health throughout your child's life. It is also vital to continue these oral exams and healthy habits throughout adulthood. Our dentists at Singing River Dentistry are professionally trained in preventative pediatric dental care.
Why Preventative Care is so Important for Kids
The American Dental Association recommends children should visit a dentist before they turn one year old, or as soon as the first tooth appears. This is important for the child's health and for you, the parent, to learn how to keep your child's teeth clean and healthy.
Cavities can come as soon as a tooth breaks through the gum. It is critical to prevent any and all plaque and tartar buildup which can develop into tooth decay. Unfortunately, tooth decay is very common in children, and can lead to chronic dental disease. Our dentists will assess your child's primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, and look for any issues that may need advanced treatment.
Our dentists will also assist in protective measures if your child is active in sports. Preventing the cracking, breaking, or unnatural fallout of baby teeth or their permanent teeth is important at such a young age. Our dentists will prescribe and custom-fit sports mouthguards for your child to prevent damage.
Are Baby Teeth Important?
Primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, are imperative for the development of your child's mouth. It may seem that these teeth are not as needed as adult teeth, since they fall out naturally, however this isn't true. Baby teeth help form speech and chewing patterns, therefore keeping these teeth in until they fall out naturally will allow your child's speech and chewing habits to progress uninterrupted or incorrectly.
Starting Good Habits
Just as adults do, children should visit our dentist every six months for regular oral exams. Other than looking for any damage or decay that might occur early on in your child's teeth, regular visits to our dentists will set up healthy habits for your child. Regular brushing, flossing, rinsing and dental checkups will set a solid foundation for a healthy smile and will ensure your child will not have any discomfort from an infected tooth or gum.
Continuing Good Habits
The earlier a child begins routine and regular dental visits, the more likely they are to keep up good habits of oral hygiene throughout their life. It helps educate your child on the importance of daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
Taking care of your child's teeth as soon as they appear is an important first step for your child's oral hygiene. It is also vital to continuing these habits through adulthood. If you want more information on how to take the first step in preventative care for your child's teeth call our dentists at Singing River Dentistry today at 256 - 562 - 4001. We are here to help!