From your child’s first appointment, right through to their regular ongoing dental care, it’s important to start their oral hygiene journey off on a positive note
Bringing your child to the dentist early can lead to a lifetime of good oral care habits and helps your child get familiar with the dental office. This reduces anxiety and fear and can make for plenty of stress-free check-ups in the future.
Parents are often unsure about when to take their child to a dentist. Experts say a child’s first visit should be when the first tooth erupts, or no later than the age of two.
Diagnose problems early
By taking children to Crookes and Jenkins Dental early, problems like crowding, missing or crooked teeth and jaw problems can be addressed. The earlier the dentist can find these problems the less invasive the treatment needs to be.
Baby teeth start the groundwork for the permanent adult teeth and when baby teeth are healthy it’s easier for the adult teeth to come through straight and healthy. Neglecting baby teeth can cause them to fall out too soon which can cause the remaining teeth to shift around. When this happens, permanent teeth are more likely to grow in crooked and become crowded.
Crookes and Jenkins’s Dental dentists also recommend a mouthguard for children who play a sport where their teeth can be damaged or knocked out.
Prevent serious decay
A vital part of children’s dental check-ups is finding decay and cavities before they develop. Children love to eat sugary foods and by detecting tooth decay in their baby teeth early enough, it’s much easier and quicker to treat.
Early treatment also means fewer expenses for parents and guardians and less time spent in the dental chair. Damaged teeth can lead to infections and advanced dental procedures such as fillings or even extractions and ignoring tooth decay can damage the tooth structure further.
Teaching good oral hygiene
Teaching children how to properly care for their teeth will give them the knowledge and enthusiasm to carry our dental hygiene throughout their lives.
A dentist’s office may not seem inviting to a child but with regular visits, they get used to the process and their anxiety should diminish. In the Crookes and Jenkins Dental office, your child is taught by professionals about the importance of a clean mouth, and the best ways to brush and floss to keep it clean.
Children’s check-ups at Crookes and Jenkins Dental
Crookes and Jenkins Dental is a family-oriented practice and children’s oral health is an important aspect of their practice. It’s vital that parents are aware of symptoms and risk factors of tooth decay and gum diseases because children’s oral health is important to their overall well-being.
If you want to learn more about children’s oral health and hygiene or want to book your child in for a check-up, contact Crookes and Jenkins Dental today.