It is never too early to start focusing on your child’s oral health. In fact, we recommend that you begin brushing as soon as your child’s first tooth erupts and wiping the gums down even earlier than that. Tooth decay is a problem that affects a large percentage of kindergarten-aged children and is largely preventable with good oral hygiene.
Early dental care for your child is important for many reasons. First, tooth decay has quickly become a chronic childhood problem. Maintaining the health of primary teeth is important because they are essential to proper chewing and are the guides for proper alignment of adult teeth. Losing baby teeth due to decay can have far reaching effects on the alignment of adult teeth.
To set your child up for success, you can begin by developing a solid day to day routine to care for your child’s teeth. Forming good habits young helps ensure they will continue throughout childhood and adolescence. If you are unsure about the best way to properly care for your child’s teeth, we are always here to help.
Another important reason to begin early dental care is to allow your child to become comfortable at the dentist’s office. By learning from an early age that dental care is a simple and easy process, it will encourage them to maintain regular preventative dental visits. Choosing a family dental practice can benefit parents. First, you have the convenience of every family member receiving care in the same office. This eliminates having to run around to multiple offices for everyone’s appointments. A family dentist is able to follow the development and progression of your child’s teeth. This allows any potential issues such as misalignment to be detected early and for treatment to begin at the optimal time.
We know that the health of your child is important to you. By bringing them into our Glen Allen area family dental care practice for regular care, you can help them have a healthy smile that will last a lifetime. To set up your child’s first appointment, or to learn more about family dentistry, call us today.