If you have a young child, you probably take then to see a great family doctor regularly to ensure they are healthy, but what about seeing a dentist? Establishing a “dental home” is essential for a healthy smile and helps to set the stage for enjoying good dental health for life. Ideally, a child should see a dentist as soon as they get their first tooth and certainly by age one.
Early dental visits form an important part of a preventative dental care plan. When we first see a very young child, we can gently examine their mouth, often while they sit on mum or dad’s lap, to make sure their teeth and jaws are developing as they should. We can provide a wealth of additional information for parents, including how to brush those precious first teeth. If needed, we can give dietary advice and other preventative treatments such as topical fluoride applications to increase resistance to tooth decay.
Regular ongoing preventative care, including dental checkups, ensure any problems are diagnosed sooner when treatment is less invasive and quicker, so it is easier for a child to tolerate. As children get older, we work with them directly, ensuring they grow up with an excellent dental education, so they know exactly how to care for their teeth and why it is so important.