Our teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but this is only providing they get the care and attention they need at every stage of life. Watching your child develop is exciting, and it is important to remember that looking after their oral health is just as crucial as their physical and mental wellbeing. By having your child attend regular dental visits from a young age, you will be setting them up for a lifetime of good oral health and happy smiles. Specialist Kids Dentist are one of Sydney’s leading paediatric dentists, here’s how regular visits with one of our paediatric dentists will benefit your child.
4 Benefits of Early Childhood Dental Visits
- Becoming Familiar with the Dentist
It is not uncommon for children to have a fear of the dentist, whether this is due to a negative past experience or simply feeling uncomfortable whilst in the chair. It is important that children feel comfortable and safe during their visit, and by attending a paediatric dentist rather than a general dentist you can rest assured that your child’s comfort is our first priority. Our dentists quickly build rapport with young patients, helping them to relax and overcome any fears they may have and setting them up for a healthy future. There are plenty of toys and games for children to occupy themselves with, in addition to TV screens whilst they are in the chair.
By getting used to visiting the dentist from a young age, your child will quickly become familiar with the process and realise there is nothing to fear. These early visits will also help to detect and prevent more serious issues from occurring, such as tooth decay and cavities.
- Oral Hygiene Education
Healthy dental habits are something which we need to stick to for life, and the earlier you start teaching, the better off your child will be. Whilst at the dentist, we will show both you and your child how to go about brushing their teeth, how to floss, and some basic tips on how to detect and prevent cavities from forming. These healthy dental habits will last a lifetime.
- Early Detection and Prevention of Dental Issues
You may think that tooth and gum decay are issues that only affect adults. However, children are prone to tooth decay too, and it is not uncommon to discover cavities in baby teeth. Left undetected and untreated, this could lead to costly and ongoing tooth issues later in life. Early dental visits will ensure that any signs of tooth or gum decay are detected and treated early. Additionally, bite problems can also be detected, with interventional treatments then put in place to reduce the expense and length of future orthodontic treatment.
- Support for Parents
Parents will need to monitor their child’s oral hygiene at home, and this isn’t always easy. Your paediatric dentist can help by suggesting appropriate brushing and flossing techniques, nutrition tips and common dental symptoms to look out for. We can also assist you in resolving issues such as teething, teeth grinding (bruxism) and thumb sucking.
Book an Appointment at Specialist Kids Dentist Today
Start your child on the path towards great oral health for life, schedule an appointment at Specialist Kids Dentist Summer Hill or Liverpool today by calling 02 9600 6848.