Anyone with a child knows how quickly they grow, change and develop. It can sometimes be daunting when watching them grow up from babyhood into running and jumping little delights, filling their parents with joy and worry all rolled into one.
With all the demands of everyday life, taking your child to your dentist in Alexandria can sometimes be down the bottom of your ‘to do’ list. However, by setting up good habits and allowing them to get used to visiting the dentist as early as possible, you are settling your child up for a greater chance of having better oral health throughout their lives.
Children who go to the dentist from an early age tend to have a positive experience from doing so and they are much more likely to continue this routine into their adult lives. This is an important routine, as it is recommended that you visit your dentist at least once a year, and ideally every six months for a check up and a professional hygienist clean. This is so that any issues can be addressed immediately in order to prevent them potentially getting larger and harder to treat.
When should I take my child to visit a dentist?
Even baby teeth need to be monitored and cleaned, as even though they do fall out the adult teeth are growing behind these teeth. Good oral health will lead to these adult teeth having the best start, so that they can provide many years of benefit.
Adult teeth develop from birth and poor quality oral health in childhood can lead to a range of issues that end up affecting adult teeth. These issues include weak teeth, crooked teeth or poor quality tooth structure.
At around one year old, or once a couple of teeth have erupted, is a great time to visit the dentist for the first time. This will be an opportunity for you and your child to meet your dentist in Alexandria and for them to get to know you and your child’s needs. They may wish to gently inspect your baby’s mouth and talk to you about ways to look after those brand new teeth.
What can I expect for my child?
We use a holistic viewpoint when it comes to our dentistry. We do not just focus on your children’s teeth, but rather their whole well-being as they grow and develop.
It is important to find a dentist who has an understanding of the interactions of the mouth, teeth and airways, the breathing style and posture of the child in relation to the rest of their body. Teeth and overall oral health tell us a lot about a person’s nutritional habits, and a dentist will be able to give new parents advice on any nutritional needs their child may need in order to improve their overall general health as well as the strength and quality of their teeth.
Without looking at these factors, posture problems or issues regarding crowding of the teeth or misaligned bites can be left until complex treatments and surgery may need to be considered. With early correcting, the body can heal and align itself quickly, allowing the child to grow in the correct way for themselves.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.