Why is dental care for children important? One of the keys to a beautiful and healthy smile is early prevention and treatment. Getting young children acquainted with the dentist in a comfortable and enjoyable environment helps to foster a positive attitude towards oral health that carries on through adulthood. With regular check-ups throughout the growing years, we are able to give your child the best chance of developing great adult teeth.
When Should my Child First Receive Pediatric Dentistry?
The ideal time is six months after your child’s first (primary) teeth erupt. This time frame is the perfect opportunity for the pediatric dentist to carefully examine the development of your child’s mouth. Because dental problems may begin early in life, the sooner the visit the better to safeguard against problems such as bottle decay, teething irritations. gum disease, and thumb sucking.
There are many great books to help you prepare you children for their visit in our office. Some of our favorites are:
- The Bernstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer
- Behold, No Cavities!: A Visit to the Dentist by Sarah Willson and Harry Moore