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3 Benefits Of Early Dental Visits For Your Child

September 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — villagepediatric @ 4:14 pm
Toddler and her dad with a dentist learning how to brush her teeth together

As parents, part of our job consists of caring for our little one’s health until they’re grown enough to take care of themselves. This naturally includes their oral health! Many children can develop issues like tooth decay or gum disease which could have been preventable. That’s why it’s so important that you start taking your kid to the dentist regularly once their first tooth appears, which is usually around 1 year. Keep reading to learn about 3 key benefits of taking them to dental appointments early.

Benefit #1: Detecting Potential Problems

Many parents put off their child’s first dental visit under the false presumption that if their kid doesn’t have all their teeth yet then they’re safe from oral health concerns. Unfortunately, 42% of children aged 2 to 11 will develop cavities even in their baby teeth. Not only that, but gingivitis (the first stage of gum disease) affects an estimated 50% to 75% of children under 11 years old.

These conditions can worsen over time if they go untreated. Fortunately, pediatric dentists are well aware of the risks and will be able to find any potential problems before they can develop further.

Other possible issues they’ll be able to detect include:

  • Any inappropriately loose teeth.
  • Cavities.
  • Gum health.
  • Bite alignment.
  • Tongue and speech progress.

Benefit #2: Alleviate Discomfort

If your child is too small to speak effectively, they won’t be able to tell you if they are experiencing discomfort or distress in their mouth. If there’s an impacted tooth trying to grow in, for example, it might hurt to eat. Similarly, if their gums are infected then they might be swollen or sore. Thankfully, your dentist will monitor the growth and development of their teeth and gums over time. That way they’re sure to address underlying issues causing any pain.

Benefit #3: Establish Healthy Habits

Though your child currently relies on you to help them with brushing and flossing their teeth, one day they’ll need to take on that duty for themselves. If they’ve been seeing a dentist regularly throughout their young life, they’ll already know the best ways to keep up with appropriate dental hygiene. They’ll already know how to brush and floss their teeth twice daily, and why it’s important.

There are several good reasons why you should take your little one to their dentist and several concerning risks if you don’t. That’s enough to make any parent call the dentist!

About the Author

Dr. Susan Podray-Donovan achieved her degree in biology through Nova Southeastern University. She then earned her dental doctorate at Temple University. She has a true passion for helping children and wants to give their parents peace of mind knowing their oral health is taken care of. If you’d like to make an appointment for your little one, you are welcome to contact us on the website or by calling (678) 456-5572.

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