Setting proper dental health habits is important for small children. Starting proper dental care begins even before a child’s first tooth appears.
A child’s first teeth are important for a child to learn how to eat and speak properly. Healthy baby teeth and gums also ensures a healthy area for the child’s permanent teeth.
Teaching your child proper oral care at a young age is an investment in his or her health. Start by setting an example. Take good care of your own teeth and your child will learn that oral health should be valued. Make taking care of teeth fun, like brushing along to a song or letting them choose their own toothbrush, to encourage proper oral care. Children should begin to see the dentist within six months of their first tooth or by one year of age.
Preventative maintenance is less expensive and better for your child than having to fix problems later. Your dentist can answer any range of questions from helping your child stop thumbsucking to proper maintenance of their age group’s teeth. If you have any questions or concerns regarding proper dental treatment for your child, talk to your dentist.