The sooner children begin receiving regular dental care, the healthier their mouths will remain throughout their lives. Routine checkups for children will help prevent tooth decay and cavities, which can cause pain, gum diseases like gingivitis, and other medical problems if left untreated. Young children with healthy teeth learn to speak, chew food easily, and smile with sureness.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says that every child should visit a dentist by age one or soon after the first tooth erupts. This well-baby visit will teach parents and caregivers effective techniques to care for their children’s teeth and help them maintain a healthy and disease-free mouth.
Here are some reasons why pediatric dental care is essential:
Establishes Good Oral Practices
Pediatric dentistry is all about getting your child to develop correct dental care habits. If they start visiting a dentist from a young age, it’s something they will continue in their teen and adult life. Dental providers can also help establish good brushing and flossing techniques. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to handle young children and make them feel comfortable. They employ fun activities like games and colorful toothbrushes to demonstrate how children should brush and floss their teeth and teach them the importance of good oral habits.
Set a Role Model
Children love to imitate, and seeing grown-ups receiving dental care and brushing their teeth makes them want to do it, too. If your child has dental anxiety, it will be helpful if you are there beside them. With a dental professional that works with all ages, you will be able to schedule your appointments together to make sure you are there to encourage your children.
Prevent Tooth Decay
Tooth decay and cavities are more common in children, and it is a proven fact that early childhood tooth decay can cause gum disease and tooth loss later in life.
Prevention is highly vital, and regular dental visits will teach children the techniques to fight tooth decay. Establishing good oral health care habits is necessary for overall dental hygiene and preventing tooth decay.
As pediatric dentists, we can detect cavities before they cause further damage. With dental X-ray technology, we can view things that may not be apparent during a visual exam. Cavities often do not show symptoms until they are severe and may need a baby root canal.
Families will be educated on their diet as well. Children tend to have a diet rich in sugar, leading to problems with their teeth. With a diet balanced with vegetables and fruits and less added sugars, the chances of developing tooth decay are reduced. Making changes in the diet can be beneficial for the entire family.
If you want to learn more about our pediatric dentistry treatments, visit Ygnacio Dental & Orthodontics, at 1766 Lacassie Ave # 101, Walnut Creek, CA 945961, or call us at (925) 280-2848 and schedule an appointment.