During the month of February, the American Dental Association celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month. This month-long, national health observance reinforces the importance of oral health in children as well as helping parents with tips to keep their child’s smile on track! At Haring Pediatric Dental, our dentists and staff are taking this opportunity to share some oral health tips and raise awareness of the importance of pediatric dental care at an early age. The best part? Celebrating!
First Tooth, First Lost Tooth, First Dental Visit,
First Permanent Tooth. We call them (S)milestones!
New parents often ask, “When should my child first see a dentist?” It’s never too early to start focusing on your child’s oral health! The American Association of Pediatric Dentists recommends that parents establish a dental home for their child by their first tooth or first birthday. This is the perfect opportunity to ask questions and address any dental concerns at this primary visit and the dentist will gently swab the child’s mouth to check their gums and any erupted teeth. As your child starts teething, we will be able to monitor their progress and implement preventative measures for any concerns that might be showing up with your baby’s teeth.
Baby teeth are so important because of their key role of saving space for a child’s permanent teeth. They stay in a child’s mouth for 8-10 years and also affect their speaking, chewing, and, of course, smiling! Baby teeth can also indicate a child’s overall quality of health. Untreated tooth decay can cause oral infections that enter the bloodstream and lead to other serious health problems, while also allowing bacteria to spread to new adult teeth.
While daily brushing is an important part of a child’s oral hygiene routine, bacteria that causes tooth decay can still linger between teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach. That’s why it’s so important to help your kids incorporate flossing in their daily routine.
At Haring Pediatric Dental, we provide access to dental care that is engaging, fun, and educational for patients. By making going to the dentist fun, our growing patients actively learn routines to ensure a healthy smile for years to come. Schedule a visit or request an appointment online today!