When it comes to dental care, it’s just as important to treat the youngest members of the family as it is the adults. This is especially true because people tend to develop fear or anxiety when it comes to dental care at a very young age. By introducing children to the dentist’s office at a young age, it helps to normalize the experience to them before they can develop any fear.
At Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, we take great pride in treating children. This helps us to take a proactive approach to their dental care; we actually want to see your children as soon as they have their first tooth. In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to give you an idea of what you can expect at your child’s first dental appointment.
We firmly believe in easing your child into dental care. We encourage you to bring your children along to your dental appointments. We have a waiting room designed to fun for children, including a chest full of toys and goodies.
Your child should have their first dental appointment no later than their first birthday, according to a recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists. Another good rule of thumb is to make sure and get them in for an appointment no leader than six months after the eruption of their first tooth. This allows us to screen for any potential complications from teething.
Most early visits to our office will be quick and relatively simple. We will visually inspect your child’s mouth for any potential problems and count their teeth. Around their third birthday, we will start performing cleanings on their teeth and take e-rays of their mouths. We will also perform a full exam of their teeth; allowing us to ensure your child can have a happy smile and a healthy mouth.
Caring for a child’s baby teeth is far more important than many people realize. Healthy baby teeth mean healthy adult teeth later on in life. In addition to helping you child eat and speak, their baby teeth are important to ensuring the correct growth of their adult teeth.
If a child loses a baby teeth early, the adult tooth may grow in incorrectly or correct. In addition, the gaps left by the absence of baby teeth can cause adult teeth to drift out of place. This can result in gaps in their smiles, and necessitate that they wear braces later in life. It’s far easier to avoid this expense and hassle by caring for their baby teeth now.
During these childhood appointments, we will also teach your children about oral health routines and the proper way to brush and floss. The brushing and flossing habits that a child develops early often last them a lifetime. So put your child on the right track towards success and a healthy mouth and smile, by making an appointment today.
At Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, we’re proud to serve your entire family. We hope to see you for an appointment soon. You can make an appointment by calling us at 458-205-5189. You’ll be glad you did.