A pediatric dentist is trained to address your child’s unique dental health needs. They can provide professional cleanings and exams in a safe and comfortable environment, giving you and your child peace of mind. Starting good oral health habits early can help your child enjoy a healthy smile for years to come.
The sooner that an infant visits a dentist at Advanced Sedation Dentistry, is better. That’s because baby teeth serve many vital functions, including guiding their adult teeth and helping them eat and speak properly. These are also placeholders for their permanent teeth, so they must be strong and healthy. Some orthodontic issues can arise in early childhood that can be spotted by a dentist and treated early so they don’t progress to later childhood or adulthood. Starting good habits now in childhood can pave the way for a lifetime of good dental health.
What Age Should I Bring My Child to the Dentist?
Our dentist recommends that children see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth comes in or no later than their first birthday. This may seem early, but it’s crucial to your child’s future dental health. Not only do baby teeth help your child chew and speak, but they also aid in forming a path for the permanent teeth to follow. If a baby tooth is lost too soon, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty spaces, making it difficult for other adult teeth to find their place in the mouth. Plus, if tooth decay is left untreated in baby teeth, it can damage both the health and development of the permanent teeth as they erupt.
It would help if you started brushing your child’s teeth twice a day as soon as they erupt. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended for children and should be used with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. Your child’s first visit will include a thorough examination where your dentist will check the development of your child’s teeth and gums. Regular checkups should continue every six months to ensure your child continues to have a healthy smile into adulthood.
The Benefits of Children's Dentistry
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease affecting children and can lead to pain, infection, and tooth loss if left untreated. Regular visits to the dentist can help prevent tooth decay by catching any potential problems in their early stages.
Fluoride treatments can also help strengthen enamel and prevent cavities in children. These treatments are quick and easy and may be recommended every six months.
The health of a baby’s teeth can affect their overall health for the rest of their life. Visit Advanced Sedation Dentistry at one of our two locations: 616 Virginia Beach Blvd #102, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 or 200 N Battlefield Blvd #4, Chesapeake, VA 23320. Make sure your baby gets the proper dental care they need with the help of a pediatric dental hygienist.