As parents, we all want to ensure that our children develop and maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine that will continue into adulthood. At Monterey Dental Centre, as providers of NE Calgary Children’s Dentistry, we will encourage your active participation in a program to take care of your children’s dental and oral health, including teaching your child how to brush and floss in a way that is fun and enjoyable.
We believe that it is important for children to begin their dental experience at an early age, which is why we follow the recommendation of the Canadian Dental Association for children to have an assessment by a dentist within six months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age at the latest.
Dentistry for children is important for many reasons, from maintaining healthy teeth and gums to encouraging good oral hygiene habits from an early age. In this essay, we'll look at some of the key reasons why pediatric dentistry is necessary and why parents should prioritize their child's dental health.
Children's dental health is especially critical since their teeth and gums are still developing. Children's teeth and gums are more vulnerable to damage or decay than adult teeth, so it's essential to detect any issues early so they don't worsen into bigger issues. That means regular checkups and cleanings for kids are crucial as they help identify any potential issues early on and keep them from worsening further.
Second, children's dental health is vital because it has been linked to overall wellbeing, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Furthermore, dental pain and discomfort can cause difficulty eating, sleeping or concentrating - all of which negatively impact a child's quality of life. By prioritizing their child's dental hygiene now and into the future, parents can help ensure their kid stays healthy and contented with minimal disruption to daily activities.
Thirdly, pediatric dentistry is essential as it instills good oral hygiene habits from an early age. Children who learn how to take care of their teeth and gums from a young age tend to continue practicing these same good practices throughout life; thus avoiding issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health concerns. By taking their child regularly to the dentist and reinforcing good dental habits from home, parents can ensure their child has a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Fourthly, pediatric dentistry is essential as it can help avoid more invasive and costly dental procedures in the future. By identifying potential issues early on, dentists can prevent them from worsening and necessitating more extensive treatment - saving parents both time and money in the long run, as well as saving their child unnecessary pain and discomfort.
Finally, dentistry for children is important as it can boost their self-esteem and confidence levels. Children who have healthy teeth and gums tend to feel better about themselves physically, which in turn lowers the likelihood of embarrassment or shame associated with having dental work done. Furthermore, children who learn proper oral hygiene habits from an early age and have positive experiences at the dentist are likely to view dental visits as positive experiences in the future and be less fearful when visiting again.
Parents seeking the best dental care for their child should prioritize finding a pediatric dentist who specializes in children's dentistry. Pediatric dentists are specially trained and equipped with all of the tools and knowledge needed to provide high-quality treatment to young patients. Furthermore, pediatric dental offices tend to be kid-friendly with toys, games, and other distractions so children feel more at ease during their visit.
Parents should be prepared to answer questions about their child's oral health habits and medical history when visiting the dentist. This information can help the dentist detect any potential issues and offer appropriate treatment recommendations. Furthermore, parents should discuss diet and nutrition with their child as this has a bearing on their overall oral health.
At a dental visit, the dentist typically performs a comprehensive cleaning and examination of the child's teeth and gums. They may also take x-rays to detect any potential issues beneath the surface of teeth. If any issues are identified, the dentist will collaborate with parents to create a treatment plan and suggest ongoing care options.
In addition to regular dental checkups and cleanings, parents can also help their children develop good oral hygiene habits by encouraging them to brush twice daily and floss daily.
Our team of dental professionals will educate your child in a fun, interactive, and positive environment in order to emphasize the importance of how proper brushing, flossing, and healthy nutrition impacts your child’s oral health.