The Importance of Children’s Dental Care
If you think that a one year old infant is too young to see a West Palm Beach dentist, the dentists at A Winning Smile Dental Excellence would disagree. Children’s primary (baby) teeth start erupting between ages 6 to 12 months which is why it is important to monitor and treat teeth early to prevent problems and improve their overall dental health.
Although they eventually fall out, primary teeth are important and work similarly as adult teeth aiding in chewing and speaking properly. Primary teeth hold the place until the permanent ones erupt, so if children lose their primary teeth prematurely, they may have to be fitted for space maintainers to avoid the teeth from growing in crookedly. Even if there isn’t a problem, parents shouldn’t wait to bring their children for a first visit.
If a child feels scared or hesitant, the West Palm Beach dentists at A Winning Smile Dental Excellence encourage parents to allow their child to discuss any fears she or he may have. If possible, they also can alleviate their child’s fears by allowing him or her to sit on their lap during the examination. This can help to make them feel more comfortable about going to the dentist.
In between visits, parents should promote good oral hygiene for children by teaching them how to brush their teeth properly. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends when first showing children how to brush and floss their teeth, parents should brush them and continue supervising the brushing and flossing of the teeth until the ages of seven or eight.
Here are some other things parents can do to help establish good oral hygiene practices in their children:
- Feeding their children snacks of vegetables, low-fat yogurts, and cheese
- Giving babies only water in their bottles after brushing
- Informing the West Palm Beach dentist of any signs of decay
- Scheduling regular dental visits
Many studies have shown how important it is that children learn how to properly start and maintain a good oral hygiene routine to avoid issues down the road like gum disease and tooth decay which can lead to other dental and health problems.
For more information on how you can help promote good dental health for you or your children or to schedule an appointment, you can contact the West Palm Beach dentists at A Winning Smile Dental Excellence.
*Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.