The health of your child’s teeth is important for their development when learning how to chew and speak. Although the baby teeth eventually fall out, they still require care because they act as place holders for their permanent ones. In addition to their home oral hygiene habits, they also require care from their children’s dentist in Agawam. At Lifetime Dental, we provide the services young children need to set the right foundation for a lifetime of oral health.
It is recommended that your child sees their dentist before their first birthday for preventive care. Although they will only have a few teeth, it provides us with the opportunity to build a trusted relationship with your child to make going to the dentist easy and stress-free while teaching them the importance of dental care from a young age.
With a healthy smile early on, it allows the adult teeth to develop properly while we can detect potential areas of concern sooner. With early intervention, we can provide less invasive treatments to correct the issue while it is still small.
During your child’s first visit, it may not seem like much is being done as we will only look at their teeth and may attempt to clean them; however, it is actually a very important visit. It allows us to begin to build trust with your child. As they age, their appointments will become more involved.
As they allow us, we will clean their teeth and provide certain preventive treatments, such as a fluoride varnish or dental sealants. We will begin to take x-rays to see the full picture of your child’s dental health while we also perform a comprehensive checkup. In addition to the health of their teeth, we will also look at their developing adult teeth, alignment of their jaw, and several other issues that can influence their dental health.
We will take the time to discuss your child’s oral health and hygiene habits to help you foster a healthy smile at home. If you have questions or concerns, such as thumb sucking, we will help you address the issue to protect their teeth from damage.
Your child’s foundation to a healthy smile starts at home. As soon as their first tooth erupts, it is time to get your child into the habit of brushing their teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. When the spaces between their teeth begin to close, you can introduce flossing; however, your child will not be ready to do it on their own for a couple of years.
In addition to oral hygiene habits, it is important to promote a healthy diet that is limited in sugars and starches to prevent tooth decay.
If your child has not seen their dentist yet, it is time for their first visit with us. Contact Lifetime Dental today to schedule their preventive appointment.