When choosing a child dentist, it’s important to look for a professional who is #1, good with kids, and #2, provides a warm, welcoming environment for little ones. Child dentistry involves the oral health of children from the baby years through the teen years. These specialists are experienced and qualified to clean and examine a child’s teeth, gums and mouth throughout various stages.
Many dentists are both child and adult dentists, like Redwood Dental. But just because we serve all ages doesn’t mean we neglect our littlest patients. In fact, we celebrate them and their willingness to experience the dentist! Sadly, many children don’t get the dental health care they need to thrive. According to the CDC, 20 percent of kids ages five to 11 and 13 percent of teens 12 to 19 have at least one untreated cavity.
Without the right oral care, our young people can fall victim to decay and diseases that result in bigger problems later on. We’re a firm believer that healthy adults start with healthy children. That’s why it’s important to teach kids good dental hygiene practices when they are young, ensuring they will follow through with those good habits the rest of their lives.
Baby teeth emerge typically during the first six months of life. They will start to lose those initial teeth by the age of six or seven. Failure to receive proper dental care means they can face oral decay and disease leading to a lifetime of complications, embarrassment and discomfort. Did you know that early childhood cavities are five times more common in children than asthma?
When to Schedule the First Visit
As we said, the first teeth erupt around six months old. Therefore, we recommend bringing your child to the dentist by their first birthday. This will help them get used to the dentist from an early age so as to nip any fears in the bud. You may say “why get proper dental care for my kid’s teeth when he will just lose them anyway?”. Well, healthy primary teeth will pave the way for healthy adult teeth that are coming up behind them, allowing for proper spacing.
At your child’s first visit, we will be able to identify any issues that could indicate future problems, such as cavity formation. Twice-yearly checkups are recommended for:
- Oral exams
- Early assessment of improper bites, which commonly arise from thumb sucking or pacifier use
If a concern is detected as your child grows up, your dentist will make an orthodontic recommendation so that any potential problems are caught early. If you fail to treat major issues such as improper bites, the problem will likely worsen.
Contact Redwood Dental
Redwood Dental is committed to establishing the importance of dental hygiene at a young age. We want to instill good habits for a lifetime! Please contact Redwood Dental today at 800-462-2222 to schedule your child’s appointment.