Early dental care can help spare your child from invasive dental diseases at a young age. Routine preventive care from about one year of age can promote proper oral health and catch cavities or other problems while they are very small. Even decay in baby teeth must be addressed so that damage to the permanent teeth does not occur, or even severe complications such as abscesses that could otherwise cause hospitalization. After your child’s first birthday, your family dentist will see them typically every 6 months for routine screenings and cleanings as more teeth develop.
When your child becomes acquainted with the dentist, they are comfortable during routine procedures such as cleanings, x-rays, sealants or fluoride applications. The dental team will use positive language that avoids discussing words that trigger thoughts about discomfort or pain. Sometimes parents unknowingly mention things like “hurting, shot, needles, or “drilling” in an attempt to ease their child.
Instead, allow the care provider to do the talking so as to control where the conversation with the child goes. They do this on a constant basis and are aware with what types of conversations provoke a child’s anxiety rather than ease it. When parents stand back and the children are allowed to interact directly with the dentist on their own, they typically respond much better!
Promoting healthy teeth in your child will set the tone for their dental health as an adult. Early decay often leads to rampant decay of all teeth, including permanent teeth that they will have for their entire lives. When dental visits are low-key and occur on a frequent basis, children will be more likely to have healthy teeth for a lifetime.
Posted on behalf of Carolina Comfort Dental
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