Developing proper oral hygiene habits and a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums requires dedicated personal and professional care starting from an early age. Taking care of your child’s oral hygiene begins much earlier than many parents believe. From the time their first tooth erupts onward, caring for your child’s oral health is a must. Finding a dentist that knows how to care for your little one with the gentle and attentive care is also important. Dr. Sam Gupta and the team at Mount Royal Dental in Burlington, ON, would love to partner with you in the fight against cavities and gum disease and assist in developing proper oral habits early for your child.
Many children will have their first tooth erupt between 6 months and a year, but even if it hasn’t surfaced by then, the latest you would want to get your child in for their first examination is around their first birthday. Evidence has surfaced, which shows that early visits to the dentist provide numerous benefits to your child, which will set them on the path to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, oral habits, and, most importantly to your pocketbook, reduced oral care costs.
Many adults have grown up suffering from dental fear and anxiety. They avoid the dentist and, because of this, face a lifelong battle with their oral health. This not only leads to issues with the teeth and gums, but it has been found that unchecked oral health issues can lead to overall body health issues as well including heart disease. And let’s not forget that dental costs can add up quickly. Dental issues caused by inaction because of dental anxiety can be avoided by getting your child to the dentist early. It is important that your child feel comfortable and safe when visiting the dentist. Starting visits early make regular dental visits just another part of your child’s life and not something that they stress over.
Your child’s teeth are very susceptible to cavities and decay. Making sure you get your child to the dentist for regular examinations starting from an early age increase the probability of detecting dental problems at an early stage. Decayed teeth are not the only issue your child may face either. Some children require preventive dental action such as sealants or fluoride applications to protect teeth that are at higher risk for disease. Early examinations also allow your dentist to monitor the development of your child’s bite so that any issues can be found early. This will allow for intervention before more costly orthodontic costs become necessary in the future.
Early visits are not just beneficial to your child, but to you (the parent) as well. Coming in for examinations will allow your child’s dentist to discuss dental care with you, including essential information about how to care for your child’s teeth and gums while at home. Your child’s dentist will also be able to provide advice on some additional issues that may have you concerned, such as how to stop your child from sucking their thumb.
As with many aspects of childhood development, starting early matters. Getting your child in for early dental examinations is critical in ensuring they are set on a path to proper oral health. The sooner you can get your child to the dentist, the better. At Mount Royal Dental, Dr. Gupta, and his team approach pediatric dentistry with a gentle and compassionate touch. They want nothing more than to set your child up for a lifetime of dental success.
If you are interested in acquiring more information on dental care for your child, please contact Mount Royal Dental in Burlington, ON today at (905) 581-9912.