A child’s oral health is just as important as any other aspect of their physical development. With proper care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits, your child can have a lifetime of happy healthy smiles.
When Should I Take My Child to The Dentist for The First Time?
It’s all about prevention and education! It’s recommended by the CAPD (Canadian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry and the CPS (Canadian Paediatric Society) that children visit the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears and no later than their first birthday.
We want to make sure your little ones always leave our office with the biggest and brightest smiles. We make sure to keep our dental checkups fun and lighthearted while being seriously committed to the health of your child. We offer an introductory tour to help ensure both parents and children are comfortable.
What are the benefits of early childhood dental visits?
Making your child’s first trip to the dentist a fun, positive experience can set the stage for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Starting checkups early, and regularly, are an easy and effective way to prevent tooth decay and cavities. Healthy teeth mean children have an easier time chewing/eating, learning to speak properly, and smiling confidently.
Here are 4 benefits of regular childhood dental visits.
Your child(ren) needs to feel comfortable in their surroundings. Visiting the dentist early (and regularly) helps get them used to an unfamiliar place. When you make the dentist’s office a fun and exciting place to be, the fear eventually subsides, and children begin to look forward to their checkups.
Teaching proper oral hygiene habits as early as possible is important. Paediatric dentists can help you and your child learn to use a toothbrush, how to floss properly, what a cavity is, and how it can be prevented. Good habits can last a lifetime when they’re started early.
Practicing early (and regular) paediatric dental care can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease and can also assist in detecting cavities in baby teeth. Lack of care can lead to more severe dental issues in the future, and that’s something we all want to avoid! Early paediatric dental care can also help in identifying if there are early bite problems and recommend any early interceptive or preventative actions.
A key part of a healthy dental routine is what happens at home when you’re not at the dentist’s office. We’re here to help coach you and get you on the right track with your child’s daily brushing and flossing routine. We also provide you with tips surrounding healthy eating and nutrition in the context of how our diet affects our oral health. Additionally, we can provide support and information on what to do in a dental emergency situation.
Making regular dental visits with your little ones will better their chances at a lifetime of happy healthy smiles. Let us help! Call or click to make an appointment.