Caring for your child’s teeth starts at an early age. Unbeknownst to many parents, taking your child to the dentist for routine dental visits is just as important as caring for adult teeth. In fact, having a healthy set of primary teeth will prepare a child for healthy adult teeth.
Additionally, scheduling routine dental cleanings and exams will help prevent diseases, avoid tooth decay, maintain oral health, and help establish a good relationship with their dentist – thus making it easier for them to willingly have their teeth cleaned and checked.
What To Expect
At Larson Dental, we recommend bringing your child every six months for biannual dental checkups. While at our office, our Prescott Valley dentists will examine your child’s mouth including the teeth and gums. Dr. Larson will look for any signs of infection, disease, or abnormalities such as malocclusion and will proceed in cleaning their teeth as well as flossing and checking for cavities.
Treatments and Prevention
In order to help prevent tooth decay or cavities, our Prescott Valley dentists will take an x-ray of your child’s mouth to get a better insight into the state of their mouth. A dental x-ray will be able to identify:
- Problems beneath the gums
- Cavities between the teeth
- Cavities that have either decayed or rotted
Depending on the condition of your child’s teeth, fluoride treatments may be recommended in order to help prevent the development of cavities in healthy or at risk teeth. Fluoride treatments can be done in a few minutes and consists of using a natural mineral that makes the teeth stronger and better able to help in cavity prevention.
Importance of Dental Care
Dental care is extremely important and if started at a young age, can help prevent tooth decay. With the absence of infections and diseases in your child’s mouth they’ll be able to enjoy their childhood painlessly and reap the benefits of a healthy mouth as teenagers and adults.
Establishing good dental hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing, on a daily basis as well as frequently visiting the dentist will help ensure that their teeth remain strong and healthy as they grow.
Frequently Asked Questions
What age should my child go to a dentist?
It’s recommended that you schedule your child’s first dental visit around their first birthday, or when their first tooth erupts. During their first appointment, we’ll teach you how to properly care for your child’s oral health and educate them on the importance of dentistry. Together, we’ll help maintain your child’s teeth and gums for a healthy, happy smile.
When should my child start flossing?
Children should start flossing when their primary (baby) teeth begin to touch, typically around the age of two. It’s likely you’ll need to assist your child when flossing until they’re able to do it on their own. In most cases, this is around the age of seven or eight. Our Prescott Valley team will teach you the right techniques during your child’s dental appointment.
Why are primary teeth so important?
It’s very important to maintain the health of your child’s primary teeth, commonly referred to as their baby teeth. Untreated cavities can lead to more serious problems that can affect the development of your child’s permanent teeth. Primary teeth are important for several reasons, such as:
- Smiling, speaking, and self-confidence
- Proper chewing and eating
- Providing space for permanent teeth
- Allowing proper development of the jaw bones and muscles
When is the best time to bring my child to the dentist?
The best time to schedule your child’s dental appointment is during our early morning hours. This is because during this time of day, children are well-rested, refreshed, and more cooperative. While later in the afternoon, they’re usually tired and cranky, making your child’s visit more challenging from the beginning.
Schedule Your Child’s Visit Today
Your child’s comfort and health is important to us. Dr. Larson and our friendly dental team are invested in your child’s overall well-being, which is why we’ll go the extra mile to ensure they have a positive experience with us.
Give us a call at (928) 772-8128 or simply fill out a contact form to schedule your child’s dental appointment. We look forward to welcoming you and your child into our Prescott Valley family.