Kid’s dental is the basis to a lifetime of good oral health.
Crookes and Jenkins Dental is a family dental practice. We strive to be able to provide care for your whole family including young kids, teenagers, adults, and the elderly. We also cater to patients with special needs and impairments. The idea of family dental is important because oral hygiene should be easily accessible to everyone starting at a young age. Being able to bring your young kids to the same dental office as yourself is super convenient for parents and it also paves the path for young kids to be introduced to the dentist and oral care.
Here are more reasons why you should be bringing your young children to the dentist…
Children’s dentistry teaches good practice
Early dentistry, starting from emerging baby teeth is a pivotal time in a child’s life to not only become familiar and comfortable with the dentist, but also to establish the importance of the simple daily task of brushing their teeth.
When kids are able to experience their older family members doing these tasks like visiting the dentist, and brushing their teeth every day, it normalises the idea as well as set the example that this a routine.
Additionally, they get to learn first-hand about how to take good care of their teeth and gums.
Monitor your child’s development
Bringing your child in to the dentist regularly also allows the dentist to ensure that their mouth and teeth are developing well and at a normal rate. Early development stages is when many dental issues begin to arise.
Most common young age habits such as teeth grinding, or thumb sucking can lead to misaligned teeth and jaw issues so it’s important to monitor these habits to ensure they aren’t affecting your child’s teeth development.
Monitor baby teeth
Baby teeth are also important to watch as they are the basis for adult teeth. When baby teeth are healthy and taken care of, they will fall out at a regular rate and allow adult teeth to naturally come in at a good rate as well.
If the baby teeth are unhealthy, it may cause them to fall out prematurely which results in shifting the remaining teeth. When this happens, it makes the adult teeth more likely to grow in crooked.
Maintaining healthy oral hygiene for your child at a young age could prevent the need for orthodontic work in the future.
Prevent future health issues and dental work
Bringing your child in for regular check-ups starting at an early age is so valuable to allow health problems to be caught early. Since children are still learning to master their motor skills, it can be difficult for them to effectively clean their teeth.
This is where the dentist comes in handy, to remove plaque, tartar, and surface stains. Build-up of debris and bacteria can cause serious damage to the teeth and activate tooth decay, oral diseases, and cavities.
Fortunately, it’s easy to not only identify but also fix or prevent these issues during the early stages. Alternatively, neglecting decay and build-up allows for more growth and damage to the teeth which leads to more intense dental procedures in the future.
Regular check-ups also allow the dentist to monitor your child’s teeth mobility and growth. They can easily identify signs of jaw issues, crowded teeth, crooked teeth, or misaligned bites, that might mean the need for future orthodontic work. It’s nice to be informed of these issues earlier on in order to have time to prepare for those types of treatments.
If you are ready to begin family dentistry, or have more questions about early dentistry, contact us here.