Becoming a good parent entails seeing that your child’s health needs and concerns are addressed. This also includes their dental health. Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry that caters to the care and maintenance of children’s primary teeth, ensuring they are healthy, free from decay and a variety of dental diseases.
An Early Start
A child’s first trip to the dentist should be between the first two years of life. On this first trip, the pediatric dentist will examine your child’s teeth and keep them healthy by removing any plaque build-up or food debris that has gotten stuck on the teeth. This procedure may seem very simple, but it is actually very important and integral to the child’s oral health because it will prevent bacteria from growing. When bacteria is allowed to grow and flourish in the mouth, that is when a child is more exposed to dental diseases such as tooth decay or gum tissue inflammation.
Knowing the Healthy Practices
A trip to the pediatric dentist is also a way for you and your child to learn all about the right oral health care practices that you should do on a regular basis. This includes how to choose the right toothbrush for the child’s age and dental concerns, demonstrating the proper way to brush and floss, and what else the parent can do to protect the child’s teeth and gums. Touching on the topic of nutrition is also fairly common, and parents are expected to be warned about staying away from sugary and starchy foods as well as not nursing with a milk bottle at night.
Remember: children may have primary teeth that are meant to fall out later, but it doesn’t mean that they will not benefit from an early start in dental health care. Being in the know about the condition of their teeth and helping them develop the right oral health care practices will make a world of difference once they grow up and start to take care of themselves independently!
Is your child ready for their first pediatric dental checkup? We’re happy to take care of it when you pay us a visit at 8810 Middlebelt Road Livonia, MI 48150.