February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. It’s a time when we raise public awareness about the importance of early dental care and prevention. Getting your child off on the right food to oral health care can help them enjoy trips to the dentist, have healthier smiles, and experience less dental treatment as they grow up.
The earlier your child has access to preventive dental care, the easier it will be to help them keep their smile free of diseases like cavities and future tooth loss. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children have their first dental check-up no later than their first birthday.
If your child is experiencing pain or soreness in or around their mouth, it’s important to have it checked out in a timely manner. Symptoms are typically evident before you can see the problem visually. Catching the problem as early as possible will limit the amount of restorative care that is needed and make their treatment more affordable.
Regular visits every 6 months will provide your child with preventive care, oral hygiene instruction and nutritional counseling. These steps help educate your child and encourage them to take control of their own oral health. As your child grows, their dental needs change. Conditions can be caught earlier on so they do not cause complications later on.
It’s never too late to get your child the dental care that they need. If your child hasn’t been seen by a dentist or is simply behind on their oral care visits, it’s time to book an appointment. An exam, x-rays and cleaning will get them on the way to a more beautiful, confident smile.
Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
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