Dentistry for Kids
There is no better time to start caring for your child’s teeth than right now - even if they do not have teeth yet! HomeTown Dental at Belknap believes that the key to successful preventive dentistry is teaching your child the importance of dental visits from the earliest age possible.
The Importance of Pediatric Dentistry
Do kids really need to go to the dentist? After all, babies do not even have teeth, and kids will lose all their teeth anyway as their adult teeth come in. While it may not seem like there is much for us to do for your little one, the truth is that baby teeth are just as important as adult teeth, and a lack of quality care can ruin their adult teeth before they ever even erupt. Baby teeth reserve space for permanent teeth, so a cavity, gum infection, or other oral health risk can upset the delicate schedule on which your child gets their adult teeth. Being attentive to your child’s oral health now means less risk in the future.
How Old Should Your Child Be For Their First Dental Visit?
While you can bring your child in earlier, the American Dental Association recommends that parents bring in their child either by their first birthday, or within six months of their first tooth erupting. If you are not sure whether you should bring in your child, we are always happy to answer any questions.
Preparing For and Bringing Your Child in For Their First Dental Visit
Your child’s first dental visit should be relatively quick and straightforward. It is mostly an opportunity for us to get to know you and your child in a friendly, relaxed, and comfortable environment without the need for any tools or operations. Make sure to come with a list of questions for us so that we can help clear up any concerns or misconceptions. Talk to your child beforehand about what to expect and why it is important. Practice opening and closing their mouth and simple brushing. During the appointment, we will perform a full examination of your child’s mouth and, if necessary, give a gentle cleaning. We recommend scheduling the appointment for earlier in the day so that your child is as alert and awake as possible.
How Often Should You Bring Your Child In?
Every child is unique, and depending on you and your child’s needs, we may recommend more or less frequent visits. In general, though, you should plan on bringing your child in for a checkup every six months or so. That way we can keep a close eye out for any problems that might develop and continue to get to know you and your child. The more often your child can come in, the more comfortable and confident they will feel around dentists, and the more likely they will be to continue caring for their teeth for the rest of their lives.
Give Your Child the Healthy Teeth They Deserve!
The best time to start protecting your child’s teeth is today. So give HomeTown Dental at Belknap a call at 682-204-5735 and set up your child’s first dental visit today!