Parenting is a complicated proposition, no matter what anyone says otherwise. You, on the other hand, have managed to use parenting to make your life simpler. Perhaps you’re an optimist, or simply ahead of your time. You know at this point in your life that if you are missing anything, it’s probably in your child’s mouth. It’s a very efficient system. Their first tooth is almost in and it’s brought with it a host of questions, the first concerning when they should see the children’s dentist in Newtown, PA. Let us help you get them off to a good start.
When Should I Take My Child To the Dentist for the First Time?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has a simple way of remembering when to bring your child in for their first dental visit: First visit by first birthday. More specifically, you should bring them in 6 months after their first tooth has erupted, but no later than their first birthday. This ensures that the dentist can examine your child’s forming teeth and make sure everything is developing as it should. If something needs further attention, it is much simpler to address an issue early on than to wait and have the teeth develop a condition that might require extensive and expensive treatment later.
The Importance of Oral Hygiene for Children
A visit to the dentist not only checks to see how your child’s teeth are coming in, it can also assist you in trying to develop their healthy habits, such as:
- How to properly brush their teeth
- How to curtail or stop thumbsucking
- Ways to protect teeth during playtime
- Establishing the link between diet and oral health
They will also be given a standard fluoride treatment. The formation of these habits at an early age can help your child’s teeth develop and avoid a wide array of potential problems. Young children are particularly susceptible to cavities due to their natural preference for foods high in sugar. This is why we recommend dental sealants, which is a light coating we put on the biting surfaces of their back teeth. Plaque and bacteria frequently build up there and it’s an area often missed by children when brushing. Sealants help reinforce their teeth against decay. Consistent oral health will also help them develop a positive attitude when it comes to brushing, flossing, and going to the dentist. This will enable them to take care of their teeth long after you have to remind them.
Come See Us Today!
You only want the best for your child, and that includes starting them on the right foot when it comes to their oral health and hygiene. We here at Dentists of Newtown would love to help you with this. Give us a call today so we can help you and your children smile for years to come.