The foundations for good oral health are laid down during childhood. And one of those critical foundations is the practice of paying regular visits to the dentist.
One common misconception that many parents hold on to is the belief that children naturally fear dentists. On the contrary, kids fear the unknown — and when this fear is developed, your child might not get the potential pediatric dental care available to them. At Laurich Dentistry we deliver gentle compassionate dental care that helps each patient achieve and maintain exceptional oral health and a beautiful smile, while building long-term relationships with those we treat.
For our young patients, we make a special effort to make each visit a pleasant and non-frightening experience. Each treatment is described using simple terms. All of these contribute to making a young child feel at ease upon arrival at our office.
When is the best time to bring your child to the dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child should have paid his first visit to the dental clinic by his first birthday. It is important for your child’s newly erupted teeth to get proper dental care. At the same time, this is the perfect opportunity for a young child to learn the basics of good oral hygiene.
How often should children visit their dentists?
Generally, toddlers should visit their dentists every six months, unless there are major problems. Here at Laurich Dentistry, we base the schedule of visits on how your child’s teeth look.
What should you expect during your child’s dental checkup?
The first dental checkup is usually short and informal and here at Laurich Dentistry it is referred to as a happy visit. Rather than focusing on examining your child’s teeth, this visit’s focus is on guiding your child as he meets our dentists and other members of the team. This is an opportunity for your child to become familiar with the dental clinic environment. Succeeding visits may include inspection of your child’s teeth, looking for early signs of dental and oral problems, and dental cleanups. We also talk to your child about the importance of developing good oral hygiene and answer questions you or your child might have.
Invaluable lessons for parents and kids
Young children and even teens are prone to succumbing to dental issues like tooth decay due to their poor oral hygiene habits. Fortunately, most of these issues can be prevented through proper and regular brushing and flossing and regular visits to the dentist.
As soon as a child’s first tooth erupts, parents should brush their kid’s teeth, ideally with a soft-bristled brush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Avoid using a fluoride toothpaste for children younger than two unless under the dentist’s advice.
At this stage, treatments at the dental clinic may include cleanings and checkups, fluoride treatments, and application of tooth sealants.
Get in touch with our Dentists in Farmington Hills & Livonia and get your child started on the path to good oral health here at Laurich Dentistry.