Parents are constantly reminded with the need to take their child to their family dentist at an early age. After all, early dental care helps promote a healthy mouth that lasts well into adulthood. But many parents wonder why they need to take their child to the dentist, especially if they’re not having any problems. So what actually happens at these first appointments?
You and your child get important information about promoting a healthy mouth.
Proper oral hygiene and nutritional choices can prevent your child from developing tooth decay and gum disease. This makes preventive visits like cleanings and exams comfortable, simple, and as enjoyable as possible. They’ll also help prevent severe complications that could lead to expensive and invasive dental care years later.
Your dentist can screen for risks or factors that may cause problems later on.
It’s best to catch dental needs in their earliest stages, preserving healthy tooth structure as well as making care more affordable. A small demineralized area could just be bonded or sealed, but if left alone it could become an abscessed tooth a year later. Biannual dental exams make treatment needs less invasive when something is actually found.
Your child will get to experience a positive environment that helps them appreciate dental care later on.
Many people wait until their child is in pain before they take them to the dentist. Rather than being a preventive health provider, this makes the dentist strictly a treatment provider – and one that is associated with pain. The child’s severe toothache may require anesthesia and loud noises that don’t set well for a first appointment.
Has your child had their first visit? It’s not too late – call your dentist today and schedule a new patient appointment today.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park
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