Many parents are shocked to learn that they are overdue for taking their preschooler to the dentist. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend that all children visit the dentist by their first birthday. This seems very early and even silly to many people because their 12-month olds have no more than a handful of teeth! However, it is the belief that children who begin their dental care at a very young age will continue to have a successful future with their oral health.
The specific reasons that the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics give for an early introduction to dental care is this:
- Allow children to become comfortable at the dentist. Children who are brought in early to visit the dentist have a natural understanding that regular dental visits are a part of life. They are comfortable with the dentist’s office, the dental chair, the cleaning procedures, etc. Allowing children to become familiar with dental situations at a very young age helps to alleviate anxiety later on.
- Address concerns early. Bad habits, poor dietary choices, and developmental issues need to be address as early as possible for the best hope of successful intervention. Children who use a pacifier, who suck their thumbs or fingers, or who fall asleep with a bottle or at the breast are all more likely to have dental issues than children who do not. Your dentist can discuss with you positive ways to break habits that will have a negative effect on their oral health. Your dentist can also help you determine appropriate dietary guidelines for your child. Juice, soda, sweet tea, and candy have no place in a young child’s diet because they are simply exposing their teeth to high levels of unnecessary sugars. Making better dietary choices can save your child’s teeth.
- Educate parents on proper care for children’s teeth. Children’s teeth are constantly developing and changing. When parents are educated about knowing when warming signs appear in their children’s mouths, they are able to seek intervention that can save their children’s teeth – and can save them a great deal of money in the future.
Meridian Campus Family Dental is proud to be a family dental practice that our patients trust. We provide exceptional dental care to patients of all ages in order to promote the highest standard in oral health. Call today to schedule an appointment for your child or children!
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